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Winter birds, wildlife worth watching 

January 22, 2011

The PILEATED WOODPECKER is the big bird of the woodpecker variety. Only its very rare (possibly extinct) cousin, the Ivory-billed woodpecker is larger. Pileateds are approximately 16.5 to 17 inches long, have about 24 inch wingspan. A flaming red crest on its head and a white stripe down its neck are characteristic markings on an otherwise black body. In flight, its under wing markings have large white front half and a black trailing edge.



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