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This male pileated woodpacker was in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce lake Park.
Pileated woodpeckers (dryocopus pileatus) can be found in forests with mature trees, dead trees and downed wood all across southern Canada, The west coast of the United States down to northern California and all of the states east of the Mississippi River. They don't migrate so they can be found year round in the same areas. They like large mature trees for nesting and make a rectangular hole for the entrance to their nest that they dig out of the tree which they only use once.
The pileated woodpeckers diet consists mainly of carpenter ants, but also eats termites, woodboring beetle larva, caterpillars, cockroaches,, grasshoppers and other ants. They also eat wild fruit, berries and nuts when they need to suppliment their diets, even including poison ivy berries.
All the holes that the pileated woodpecker digs is rectangular, not just the nest entrance, and can be quite large. These holes attract other birds to look for food.
November 21st, 2020
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