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Winter birds, wildlife worth watching 

January 22, 2011
By GARRY BRANDENBURG

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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