Thursday, March 31, 2011

Woody Woodpecker

 






During art show in Memorial Park, in Houston, I watched pileated woodpecker for 2 days and I made some photos and sketches. As you can see by color of bill/throat line my woodpecker is a girl. She has black line.
Pileated Woodpecker was the inspiration for the famous cartoon character Woody Woodpecker.
 "The Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is a very large North American woodpecker, almost crow sized, inhabiting deciduous forests in eastern North America, the Great Lakes, the boreal forests of Canada, and parts of the Pacific coast. It is also the largest woodpecker in America.

Adults (40–49 cm long, 250–350 g mass) are mainly black with a red crest and a white line down the sides of the throat. They show white on the wings in flight. Adult males have a red line from the bill to the throat, in adult females these are black. The only North American birds of similar plumage and size are the Ivory-billed Woodpecker of the Southeastern United States and Cuba, and the related Imperial Woodpecker of Mexico. However, unlike the Pileated, both of those species are extremely rare, if not extinct. Most reports of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker are believed to be erroneous reports of the far more common Pileated.[2] The call is a wild laugh, similar to the Northern Flicker. Its drumming can be very loud, often sounding like someone striking a tree with a hammer. This bird favors mature forests, but has adapted to use second-growth stands and heavily wooded parks as well". Via Wikipedia




 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I could swear that somewhere I read that the Acorn Woodpecker was the inspiration for Woody.