A Family Affair.
The second-largest North American woodpecker after the ivory-billed (which is so rare it is considered by many to be extinct), the Piliated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is sometimes referred to as the "logcock." Because of the birds' large size (basically crowlike) the holes that they make can cripple the structural integrity of the trees from which they feed. These birds are not picky, and will dig into coniferous or deciduous trees alike, if they have an inkling that there are beetles (not The Beatles) to be had.
Two Pileated Woodpeckers (one adult and one juvenile male) stop by the Cornell Lab FeederWatch cam to snack on suet. Considered a keystone species, these woodpeckers play a crucial role in many forest ecosystems in North America by excavating large nesting, roosting and foraging cavities that are subsequently used by a diverse array of birds and mammals. Watch LIVE at AllAboutBirds.org/CornellFeeders