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Pileated Woodpecker by Larry Trupp

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Location: Taken in the west end of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Camera Details: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, 75-300mm Zoom Lens, Aperture exp 5.6, Shutter speed 1/250, ISO 400…Focal length 280mm

Adults (40-49 cm long, 250-350 g weight) are mainly black with a red crest and a white line down the sides of the throat. Adult males have a red line from the bill to the throat and red on the front of the crown. In adult females, these are black. They show white on the wings in flight. The only North American birds of similar plumage and size are the Ivory-billed Woodpecker of the Southeastern United States and Cuba, and the related Imperial Woodpecker of Mexico. However, unlike the Pileated, both of those species are extremely rare, if not extinct

Their breeding habitat is forested areas with large trees across Canada, the eastern United States and parts of the Pacific coast. They usually excavate large nests in the cavities of dead trees, and often excavate a new home each year, creating habitat for other large cavity nesters.

This bird is usually a permanent resident. The Pileated Woodpecker also nests in nest boxes about 15 feet off the ground.

These birds mainly eat insects (especially beetle larvae and carpenter ants) as well as fruits, berries and nuts. They often chip out large and roughly rectangular holes in trees while searching out insects.

The call is a wild laugh, similar to the Northern Flicker. Its drumming can be very loud, often sounding like someone striking a tree with a hammer. This bird favors mature forests, but has adapted to use second-growth stands and heavily wooded parks as well.

Pileated Woodpeckers raise their young every year in a hole in the tree. In April the hole made by the male attracts a female for mating and raising their young. Once the brood is raised the Pileated Woodpeckers abandon the hole and will not use it the next year.

These holes, made similarly by all woodpeckers, when abandoned provide good homes in future years for many forest song birds. Ecologically, the entire woodpecker family is important to the well being of many other bird species.


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A self taught amateur photographer who resides in beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is a prairie city in the center of Canada. My dear wife Marg and I have been married for 52 years, and we have 2 married daughters and 3 grandchildren to share our busy lives.I love to read, practice photography, spend time with my family, play around on the computer, and volunteer a lot of my time at our local Nature Center, where I serve as an interpreter for kids programs.

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  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourabout 4 years ago

    Larry this is a terrific shot has to be my favorite.

  • Good Morning Malcolm
    Thanks for the fave
    And your most kind comments frriend

    – Larry Trupp

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago

    What a GREAT capture!!!!! Beautiful!!

  • Good Morning Lori
    Thanks for the fave
    And your most kind comments friend

    – Larry Trupp

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaabout 4 years ago

    Wow, you found them again. Holeee, you have a good eye for that. Fantastic capture and you had to be really close to him. Super shot.

  • Good Morning Teresa
    Thanks for your most kind comments friend
    I got a call from a friend of mine yesterday, and he told me this fellow has been hanging around in his background, so I got lucky on this one…Hope all is well with you…

    – Larry Trupp

  • maxy
    maxyabout 4 years ago

    I have yet to see one of these!!! We have hoarys, and downeys… but not seen the Pileated yet – I see evidence of their holes in the trees deep in the forest but that’s about it. What a gorgeous bird!!! Outstanding catch! WOW!! xx

  • Good Morning Maxy
    Thanks for the fave
    And your most kind comments, much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerabout 4 years ago

    Very nice Larry. Looks like he did a little pecking on that tree. Barb

  • Good Morning Barbara
    Thanks for your most kind comments friend

    – Larry Trupp

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 4 years ago

    Awesome capture Larry!! I would love to see one of these in the wild!! Fantastic shot and written description!!

  • Good Morning Blair
    Thanks for your most kind comments friend
    I got a call from a friend of mine yesterday, and he told me this fellow has been hanging around in his background, so I got lucky on this one…

    – Larry Trupp

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    Big Bird At Rest… not the usual shot of this wonder. They occasionally buzz around our village trees, but most of the time, when they’re not hammering, they’re craning their long necks, not hunkering like this excellent example! ~ Sheila

  • Good Morning Sheila
    So nice to meet you, Thanks for the fave
    And your most kind comments

    – Larry Trupp

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Shelly Harris
    Shelly Harrisabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot!

  • Good Morning Shelly
    I appreciate your most kind comments

    – Larry Trupp

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 4 years ago

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