Pandemic cabin fever have you feeling like hitting your head against a tree? You may not have reached that point just yet, but it can be frustrating when you start feeling stir crazy. In contrast to our motives for wanting to bonk our head against a tree, woodpeckers do it with a purpose!

This pileated woodpecker hammers away at trees using its chisel-like bill to search for insects to eat! Check out this video of a pileated woodpecker that our naturalist Tosha recorded.


  • These birds dig characteristically rectangular holes in trees.
  • The Pileated Woodpecker prefer nesting in large trees.
  • A Pileated Woodpecker pair will stay together on its territory all year round. These birds are known to be very territorial.


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