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Merlin Bird ID

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    Pileated Woodpecker Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      The Pileated Woodpecker is a very large woodpecker with a long neck and a triangular crest that sweeps off the back of the head. The bill is long and chisel-like, about the length of the head. In flight, the wings are broad and the bird can seem crowlike.

      Relative Size

      Nearly the size of an American Crow

      Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 15.8-19.3 in (40-49 cm)
        • Weight: 8.8-12.3 oz (250-350 g)
        • Wingspan: 26.0-29.5 in (66-75 cm)