And Pileateds are active, flying from tree to tree to drill the wood in search of insects, often a colony of ants (their favorite food).
When a Pileated Woodpecker is finished with a tree it looks like someone has taken a jackhammer to the wood. Sometimes the cavity created by the woodpecker is so deep that it can cause a smaller tree to break.
The Pileated Woodpecker served as the model for Woody Woodpecker, the cartoon character created by Walter Lantz in 1940.
A male Red-bellied Woodpecker visits a feeder in Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
The woodpecker is see most frequently is the Red-bellied Woodpecker, a bird that is common in forests across the eastern United States. The Red-bellied Woodpecker is about nine inches tall. Males have a red cape and nape. Females have a red nape. The bird also has a small red-tinged patch on it’s belly. Some people incorrectly call this a Red-headed Woodpecker. That’s a different, less common species with a head that’s entirely red.
Red-bellied Woodpeckers search for insects hidden in tree bark, as do other varieties of woodpeckers. But Red-bellied Woodpeckers also use the bark as a sort of tool. They wedge large nuts into crevices in the bark, then use their beaks to hammer the nuts into pieces. Like other varieties of woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers also use cracks in trees to store food for later in the year.