When I saw that Pileated Woodpecker by the Spillway last week, I was struck by just how big it is.
At between 16 to 19 inches long, it can be twice as big as a Red-bellied.
It's the closest we'll ever come to seeing an Ivory-billed Woodpecker, now extinct.
A Red-bellied is 9.4 inches tall.
A Pileated is 16 to 19 inches
An Ivory-billed was 18 to 20.
The Ivory-bill above is the one that Stiles Thomas carved for me. I just like posting pictures of it.