Picture: © Aida Villaronga
The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the biggest, most striking
forest birds on the continent. It's nearly the size of a crow,
black with bold white stripes down the neck and a flaming-red
crest. Look (and listen) for Pileated Woodpeckers whacking at
dead trees and fallen logs in search of their main prey,
carpenter ants, leaving unique rectangular holes in the wood.
The nest holes these birds make offer crucial shelter to many
species including swifts, owls, ducks, bats, and pine martens.