Pileated Woodpecker courtship (video)

robertk

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The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest living woodpecker in North America. We happened to see two of them dancing and presumably courting in the driveway this morning. We seldom see two of these birds together, and have never seen them dance before, so this was pretty cool for us. (The video is pretty far away, but still viewable. We didn't want to walk toward them and interrupt or frighten them.)

 

worldtalker

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I had the pleasure of seeing a few,even a video of one looking for food.Once you hear one you never forget what is making that racket!.In the Great Smoky Mountains they are know by the locals as Wood hens. Awesome creature.

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Love those pileateds!! They were not mating, they do that in the spring. Some say the ivory billed woodpecker still exists in remote areas in the south, it is the largest woodpecker in the US. I'm lucky to have had nesting pileated woodpeckers right near my house for at least twelve years. I see them almost daily, one of the joys in my life. They do make a racket, and supposedly the Woody Woodpecker noise is patterned after the pileated's'.
 

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