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By Vernon and Cathy Summerlin

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Pileated Woodpecker

The pileated woodpecker, also called a logcock, is reclusive. It is more often heard than seen. It has a wingspan of 30 inches and flies with a swooping, undulating motion. Its size and red topknot make identification easy. It nests in holes in large trees and is a beneficial bird because it eats carpenter ants, caterpillars, cockroaches, and other wood-destroying insects but rarely eats berries.

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Published (print): 1999, Published (Web): January 2003, ISBN: 1-56352-475-9
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