These large, striking woodpeckers live in mature deciduous or mixed deciduous-coniferous woodlands. Nest cavities may take 3-6 weeks to construct and most of the excavation is done by the male. Cavity depth can range from 10-24 inches. Excavations made for nesting cavities like this one are often used by other birds and mammals for shelter, once the Pileated has moved on. Here, a parent feeds his waiting nestlings and then heads out to continue foraging.
Recorded by Timothy Barksdale, Macaulay Library