[Sound of nestlings begging] [A male pileated woodpecker is clinging to a tree. The tree has a round hole in it. As he approaches the hole, a nestling appears. The nestling sticks its head out of the hole. The adult feeds it. A second nestling sticks its head out and gets fed by the adult. The adult moves away from the hole.] [Pileated woodpecker calls] [Explore Macaulaylibrary.org]End of transcript
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