The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in the Puget Sound area. You can see its year-round range on the map.

Washington State’s Department of Fish & Wildlife placed this bird on a watch list some time ago. That is because their populations are down due to the loss of their preferred habitat, mature conifer forest. A pair may require up to 100 acres of mature forest to successfully breed and raise their young.

This bird’s name, pileated, means crested.

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