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Jan 31, 2017

Pileated and Lineated Woodpeckers...yes, there are two.

                                                                                                                     Photo: Biologos de El Salvador
Lineated Woodpecker
(Dryocopus lineatus)
My friend and neighbour, Phyllis Vernon, who recently returned from a visit to Belize, told me she had seen and photographed a Lineated Woodpecker in the Central American country.   I thought she had made a mistake and meant to say Pileated Woodpecker.   Phyllis quickly assured me there was such a bird as the Lineated Woodpecker and it does resemble the Pileated Woodpecker in size, shape, colour and markings.   Compare the two in the photos above and below.   Again one learns something new every day.

Pileated Woodpecker
(Dryocopus pileatus)

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