Bird Sounds: Pileated Woodpecker

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Pileated Woodpecker Calls

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A Pileated Woodpecker feeds her young.

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Here you can identify the sounds and bird calls of the Pileated Woodpecker. Compliments of The Macaulay Library at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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Piliated Woodpecker

We have seen several in the trees at our home in the mtns of western North Carolina.They are not particularly shy. We have been hearing their calls a lot lately.

Pileated Woodpecker

I have three Pileated Woodpecker, that I have seen at the same time. There many be more. I watched three yesterday move up and down a tree, then fly to another tree, doing this back and forth till they flew away. They are here all year. I'm not able to get to close. A few years ago I was witness to two babies. I now know their call, so I stop what I'm doing to watch them. Sometimes they see me and move to hide around athe tree. Anna Bozeman Fort White Florida

call of the wild

There's a resident pair here in southeast Ohio, I read they have a 10 acre territory. One will fly high overhead calling the whole time, then the second one will fly overhead. They are elusive, love dead trees and carpenter ants. When I hear them I feel like I'm in a deep jungle. They also make me sad for the extinct ivory-billed woodpecker and the passenger pigeon.

I live 4 miles North of

I live 4 miles North of Rockdale, TX and have wooded land. A pair of Pileated woodpeckers live on my land. I have been able to take pictures of them after first seeing the male about 4 or 5 years ago. It took awhile to figure out what it was as I had never seen such a large and unusual strange bird.

Using my bird book, I learned that only the male has the red mustache.

Today I decided to check on the computer and confirm that the loud, almost harsh bird sound I hear often is indeed the pileated's call. I spotted one this morning when I took my usual morning walk but it was too far away to see if it was male or female. I do not expect a return email. This is just to let you know that I am blessed to have such birds on my land.

I have also photographed a yellow-billed cuckoo in my birdbath. He was also a mystery until I got help identifying it from a Texas birder.

I hear the call frequently in

I hear the call frequently in the woods behind my home east of Pittsburgh, PA. I only see the bird once or twice a year & have never seen 2 together, so I don't know whether there is only one, or more than one.Today I got a video of one pecking on a dead tree behind my neighbors house. Video is poor very quality, since I used my cell phone & the bird was about 50 yds away.I just got the video for my own amusement. :-)

Unfamiliar call. I've seen

Unfamiliar call. I've seen several of these over the years and heard their calls but today heard an unfamiliar sound. It was low pitched, sort of the same timbre as a mourning dove, and resembled a dog crying which got my attention. After searching with the binoculars I found it in a tree across the road. It bowed its head down when it made the call. Cannot find it referenced on the internet.

We have one in our back field

We have one in our back field in some pines in Milton
FL. Beautiful bird- eerie sound.

My daughter was here last

My daughter was here last summer and we heard a weird bird sound in the woods beside my house.She told me it was a Pileated Woodpecker. She lives in Oxford WI.
I had never seen one....and yesterday I glanced up out my living room window,AND THERE HE WAS!! I got excited and grabbed my camera but I must have spooked him,he was gone before I could get to the window...
I sure hope he returns!
I live in Bono Ar.

We have several in Langley,

We have several in Langley, BC Canada I see and hear them all the time. Knocking as they feed and calling out.
Even saw a pair on the ground in my yard one day.

Lori

Just heard one on a walk (us,

Just heard one on a walk (us, not the bird) about 100 yds from The Old Farmer's Almanac headquarters in New Hampshire!

I saw the PW a few days ago.

I saw the PW a few days ago. He flew from the ground into the split of an oak that split limbs about 18 feet up.
I first thought it was a hawk, but he turned out onto the side of tree for a side profile. His head feathers were all bristled out and it was an awesome sight for me to witness here in Lindale (east) Texas

I have 1 bird living in front

I have 1 bird living in front of my house in hope mills' nc

I've seen (and heard) several

I've seen (and heard) several of these around my house on the NC coast. One of them was HUGE. It was something to behold!

We have a nesting pair of

We have a nesting pair of these giants. Our home has a mixed deciduous and pine forest and they frequently are drumming or foraging on fallen trees. Magnificent to watch them at our suet feeder.

I have seen a pileated

I have seen a pileated woodpecker in my yard the past two days. I live in southeast Alabama, and have pecan trees. They are eating some left behind pecans off the ground.

We had three of these

We had three of these woodpeckers land on an oak tree in our yard in West Monroe, La. @1-2 years ago. Since then, an occastional sighting of a single one in our yard.

Yes we have one here. I am in

Yes we have one here. I am in Jacksonville Florida. He is huge and beautiful!! You can hear his pecking from quite a good distance when he moves around.

Have seen and heard Pileated

Have seen and heard Pileated woodpeckers on our land in Corralitos (Monterey Bay area) Ca.
We feel extremely fortunate to have them here as it appears to be near the southern most edge of their western range.
Any tips on making them feel more at home?

From what we've read, they

From what we've read, they are more comfortable and welcome if they have some big dead trees they can make a nesting place in. Another interesting bit of trivia is that Walter Lantz, the cartoonist who created Woody Woodpecker, apparently used the pileated woodpecker as his model for Woody. He’s got the fiery-red crest, and Woody’s signature is very similar to that of the P.W.

I rarely see this woodpecker,

I rarely see this woodpecker, but often hear him while sitting in the woods in Wyoming County, New York. It's such a beautiful call.

I've seen a pair in the Six

I've seen a pair in the Six Mile Cypress Slough in Ft. Myers, FL.

There's a PILEATED WOODPECKER

There's a PILEATED WOODPECKER making a big hole on a tree on Tupelo Dr in Reflection Isles very close to the Six Mile Cypress Slough in Fort Myers, FL. I'm guessing he/she is building a nest? Definitely the biggest woodpecker I've ever seen.

We see the Pileated

We see the Pileated Woodpeckers often in our woods near LaCrosse, WI

I have two Pileated

I have two Pileated Woodpeckers behind the house in the woods by Table Rock Lake, Missouri.

We live in northeastern

We live in northeastern Oklahoma and have lived in this area all our lives. My husband and I have been married 48yrs and we have always had a few Pileated around. They love dead trees and our pecan grove. When we walk through the woods to the river that runs along the back of our property and hear them cry out, it can seem a little eerie. LOL We love them!

We have these year round in

We have these year round in our neighborhood 15 miles north of Seattle at the Northern tip of Lake Washington. They visit our suet feeders often.

I had the extreme pleasure of

I had the extreme pleasure of having a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers visit an old dead tree and nest box in our yard here in the Ocala Forest in Florida this morning. It was simply absolute pure joy.
Please come read all about this on my /web site or Blog:
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We see them rarely, but hear

We see them rarely, but hear them drumming or "singing" often.

We're in central Ohio, a bit

We're in central Ohio, a bit northeast of Columbus...

Have a pair in woods behind

Have a pair in woods behind my home outside of Pittsburgh

I have heard him for the past

I have heard him for the past 10 years in my yard and finally SAW him! It was a wonderful experience!

I have never seen this bird,

I have never seen this bird, but have heard it pecking at the trees...

I have seen this woodpecker

I have seen this woodpecker and I heard it pecking and talking before

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