Pileated Woodpecker
Dryocopus pileatus
The Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) ranges across much of the eastern United States, north and west across Canada and down the Pacific coast through parts of Washington, Oregon, Montana, and California. It is the largest woodpecker in North America if you regard the larger Ivory-billed Woodpecker as extinct. In the pine forests of the southeast U.S., the loud vocalizations of this bird are one of the characteristic sounds you hear. The first 3 shots of a female Pileated Woodpecker on this page were taken in Jasper Co., Texas, in June, 2008, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens.