One of North America’s largest woodpeckers, the size of these birds and their striking appearance with flaming red crested head, sets them apart from any other woodpecker in their territory. Their excavating work in dead trees which they need to find food, provides nest holes for other birds. If you have property with dead trees or logs on it, consider keeping them in place if they are not potentially dangerous, as Pileated Woodpeckers rely on dead and rotting wood to find food. Carpenter ants are their main food source, and you can tell if Pileated Woodpeckers are in your area both by their loud calls and by the square shape of the holes in the dead wood. Our Pileated ringtone would be especially effective as an alarm or alert.