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Pileated Woodpecker Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
 
General Information
- Very large (crow-sized) black and white woodpecker
- Prominent red crest at rear of head
- White throat
- Entirely black body plumage at rest except a white
   line that extends from bill down sides of neck to upper
   flanks
- In flight shows pale bases to primaries on upperwing
   and entirely white underwing covert

Adult male
- Red forehead
- Red malar area

Adult female
- Black forehead
- Black malar stripe

Similar species
No other living woodpecker could be confused with the Pileated.
 
 
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