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Fay's peckerwood is a Pileated woodpecker
Turns out, we learn below, Adair County actually has a plethora of peckerwoods - seven in all. And lots of names for the Pileated. Please read on. -CM
By Wendy Butler Burt
The woodpecker sending large woodchips flying in all directions while searching for insects or excavating a nesting hole in a tree, known locally as a "Woodhen" (or, as I once was told, a "Pollyanna Woodhen"), is a Pileated Woodpecker.
Pileated Woodpeckers, also recognized for their very loud and almost primeval call, are the largest woodpecker species in North America now that the Ivory Billed Woodpecker is presumed extinct.
In Adair County, the Pileated Woodpecker is joined by six other woodpecker species - Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, Red Headed Woodpeckers, Red Bellied Woodpeckers, Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers and Yellow Shafted Flickers.
Try to find them all during the upcoming Great American Backyard Bird Count in February! --Wendy Butler BurtGBBC in 2012: February 17-20)
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