Gr. pikos woodpecker
La. picus woodpecker
Gr. Circe, mythological daughter
of Helios, changed Picus, son
of Saturn, into a woodpecker
La. forma form, shape, kind
Gr. drus tree
Gr. kopos cutter
La. pileum a cap
La. pileatus capped
Pileated Woodpeckers are roughly seventeen inches long. White head and
throat with tall scarlet red crest feathers. A black streak from the
nostril, passing over the eyes to the back of the head and down over the
shoulders. A red line below the cheek. Black upper and lower parts. Black
wings with obscure white markings revealed in flight. Often mistaken for
an Ivory-billed Woodpecker, although not quite as large.
Inhabits forests throughout most of North America below 63 degrees
latitude, except in the southern Rocky Mountains.
Excavates nests from twenty to eighty feet in tall trees such as
oaks, sycamore, elms and pines.
The Pileated Woodpecker nest box has a 10" by 10" floor, 24" inside
ceiling, 4" diameter entrance hole located 21" above the floor and
Assembled with screws. Hinged roof is
secured with shutter hooks for easy access.
Lays three to five white eggs which hatch after about two weeks
incubation and young leave the nest in about another four weeks.
Kestrels and Screech Owls may use this nest box.
Have a professional mount this box with the entrance
hole facing south or east 20 feet or higher on a tree in forest edge, or
grove. They seem to prefer south or east facing entrances.
Because they commonly excavate their own cavities, fill
this box full of wood chips.
Louis Agassiz Fuertes