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    Overview

    The slow, rhythmic hammering of a Pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) may be mistaken for the sound of a man chopping down a tree. With powerful whacks, the bird digs a large rectangular or oval hole deep into the heart of a tree infested with carpenter ants, a principal food. Fresh chips at the base of a tree indicate a hole that is still being dug.

    Length: 14 – 18.5 inches

    Habitat: Mature forests

    Video Credits: Animal Fact Files
    Image Credits: 4cpus 4me

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