Quiz #97: Bird

Who carved the holes in this Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)? The top hole measures roughly 7" X 3".

Photo of Quiz #97: Bird

(Photographed in Wells, ME.)

A. Downy Woodpecker

B. Hairy Woodpecker

C. Northern Flicker

D. Pileated Woodpecker

E. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

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These sizable holes were made by a Pileated Woodpecker. Among New England woodpeckers, the Pileated Woodpecker is the largest, nearly the size of an American Crow. Have you ever seen one of these birds?  Share your comments below.

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2 thoughts on “Quiz #97: Bird”

    1. Matt: That’s right. To my knowledge, the Pileated Woodpecker is the only North American woodpecker with a bill massive enough to drill holes this large and deep. Their holes also tend to be squarish, rather than round.

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