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About the Pileated Woodpecker

Also known as: Log-cock

The Pileated Woodpecker is a large species of woodpecker that lives in parts of eastern North America. It is in the same family as the Black Woodpecker of Eurasia and closely resembles the now-thought extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

Pileated Woodpeckers of both sexes can be recognized not only by their large size (up to 19 inches long) but also by their bright flaming red head crests. Males birds, including our cute Birdorable Pileated Woodpecker, have a red malar stripe; in females this is black.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 05 December 2011
Scientific Name Dryocopus pileatus
  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Dryocopus
  • D. pileatus
Birdorable Family Woodpeckers
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
16 to 19 inches
26 to 29.5 inches
8.8 to 12.3 ounces
Range North America United States (East) United States (West)

International Names

  • 北美黑啄木鸟 (Chinese)
  • datel chocholatý (Czech)
  • Amerikansk Sortspætte (Danish)
  • Noordamerikaanse Zwarte Specht (Dutch)
  • amerikanpalokärki (Finnish)
  • Grand Pic (French)
  • Helmspecht (German)
  • Picchio pileato (Italian)
  • エボシクマゲラ (eboshikumagera) (Japanese)
  • Hvitbrynsvartspett (Norwegian)
  • dzieciol smugoszyi (Polish)
  • Pica-pau-grande (Portuguese)
  • Хохлатая желна (Russian)
  • Picamaderos Norteamericano (Spanish)
  • Amerikansk spillkråka (Swedish)

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