The Pileated Woodpecker is a very large North American woodpecker that is quite common in its range. 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. I still can’t believe I caught this guy on the side of the road. He wasn’t scared of me at all. He posed for a few shots and left at his leisure. This was taken on a local road in Rockaway, NJ. This was taken with a Kodak Z712 IS.