SCIENTIFIC NAME:Dryocopus pileatus POPULATION: 2.6 million TREND: Stable HABITAT: Mature forests, parks, and suburbs with large trees.
With flashing black-and-white wings and a bright red crest, when a crow-sized Pileated Woodpecker swoops by, even the most experienced birders stop in their tracks. This is the largest of North American woodpeckers. In the United States, only theIvory-billedWoodpecker, likely extinct, was bigger.
Why is the bird is named “pileated?” There’s a simple reason behind that: It derives from the Latin pileatus, meaning “capped.” Just one glance at this bird’s bright crest explains the name.