Pileated Woodpecker


There are several types of woodpeckers in my neck of woods, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, and Northern Flicker (yes, it is a woodpecker).

Downy Woodpecker is native to our area of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It’s easily recognized when you see one. It has checkered (white dots on black) wings. Adult males also have red crest on the back of their heads. Hopefully the below photos can help you identity them when you see them in the wild.

Hairy Woodpecker is similar to Downy Woodpecker. However they have a longer bill, almost as long as the head.

Pileated Woodpecker can be easily recognized by their red hair, and mainly dark body. Male Pileated Woodpecker has red cheek.

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