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A woodpecker as big as a crow

January 19, 2013
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

PILEATED WOODPECKERS (Dryocopus pileatus) are big birds that do draw attention to themselves. They are not particularly common for us in central Iowa, but they do call our mature forest areas home. Almost the same size as a crow, this woodpecker makes a lot of noise whether it is its load calls or its hammer loud chiseling on dead trees. The drumming sound of pecking at a tree is not just for finding food, but it also plays a large part in defining territories between other pileated woodpeckers.



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