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Pileated Woodpecker

It is a rare treat to get to see a Pileated Woodpecker! Even though they are the largest woodpecker living in Ohio, they are not often seen. The one pictured below was seen at the Reigart Road Area of Rentschler Forest this past November.  A Pileated Woodpecker can easily be identified by the triangular red crest on the top of its head and its black & white body. 

{Photo Credit: Luke Chapman @lchapophoto}

Another distinguishing feature is their long chisel shaped beak that is useful in making nest cavities in trees and searching for food such as wood-boring insects. A large part of their diet consists of carpenter ants, in addition to nuts and berries.

Pileated Woodpeckers live in forested areas where large dead standing trees are available for them to nest in. Nests are typically built high above the ground, 25 to even 50 feet up! You may spot one in our area living in wooded backyards, but even if you don’t see one, listen for the deep, rolling pattern as they drum on dead trees. 

Can you guess which famous cartoon character was modeled after this bird? Let us know if you spot one while out in the parks!