Pileated Woodpecker

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 05 December 2011
Scientific Name
Dryocopus pileatus
  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Dryocopus
  • D. pileatus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
16 to 19 inches
26 to 29.5 inches
8.8 to 12.3 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 北美黑啄木鸟
Czech (Cesky) datel chocholatý
Danish (Dansk) Amerikansk Sortspætte
Dutch (Nederlands) Noordamerikaanse Zwarte Specht
Finnish (Suomi) amerikanpalokärki
French (Français) Grand Pic
German (Deutsch) Helmspecht
Italian (Italiano) Picchio pileato
Japanese (日本語) エボシクマゲラ (eboshikumagera)
Norwegian (Norsk) Hvitbrynsvartspett
Polish (Polski) dzieciol smugoszyi
Portuguese (Português) Pica-pau-grande
Russian (русский язык) Хохлатая желна
Spanish (Español) Picamaderos Norteamericano
Swedish (Svenska) Amerikansk spillkråka
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