a large, black-and-white American woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus, having a prominent red crest.
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It could have been a related species, the pileated woodpecker.Ivory-billed woodpecker officially declared extinct, along with 22 other species | Dino Grandoni | September 29, 2021 | Washington Post
The log-cock, or pileated woodpecker, the largest and wildest of our Northern species, I have never heard drum.A Year in the Fields | John Burroughs
Probably red-headed, since the name was misapplied to a specimen of a pileated woodpecker.Seven Mohave Myths | A. L. Kroeber
The pileated woodpecker is a beautiful bird of great size and strength.
Scalps of the great pileated woodpecker or cock-of-the-woods (Ceophlaeus pileatus), called Kisl-tā-ke-'keo, also passed as money.California Athabascan Groups | Martin A. Baumhoff
They can readily be identified, at a great distance, from the pileated woodpecker by the large amount of white on the secondaries.The Bird Book | Chester A. Reed