This insectivorous bird is an inhabitant of deciduous forests in eastern North America, the Great Lakes, the boreal forests of Canada, and parts of the Pacific Coast.It is the second-largest woodpecker on the continent, after the critically endangered ivory-billed woodpecker. It’s nearly the size of a crow, black with bold white stripes down the neck and a flaming-red crest. A woodpecker will protect itself by attacking other birds, or making sounds that are predators perceive as a threat. Pileated Woodpecker. In young forests, it will use any large trees remaining from before the forest was cut. Woodpeckers are solitary animals. It is mainly black with patches/white stripes on its, neck, wings, and head. The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in North America measuring 16 – 19″ inches long and an average weight of 250-350 grams. Wind chimes make a lot of noise, and that noise might just scare away the woodpeckers by fooling them into thinking there are predators nearby. Dryocopus pileatus The Pileated Woodpecker prefers large trees for nesting. The pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is a woodpecker native to North America. The noise may not be as important as the motions they make in the wind. A big, dashing bird with a flaming crest, the largest woodpecker in North America (except the Ivory-bill, which is almost certainly extinct). Pinwheels may also work. Either way, it could be a good woodpecker deterrent, while also providing some peaceful music for you. Look (and listen) for Pileated Woodpeckers whacking at dead trees and fallen logs in search of their main prey, carpenter ants, leaving unique rectangular holes in the wood. It also has a large red crest on the top of its head that looks like a mowhawk hair style. Because these trees are larger than the rest of the forest, they present a lightning hazard to the nesting birds. The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the biggest, most striking forest birds on the continent. Excavating deep into rotten wood to get at the nests of carpenter ants, the Pileated leaves characteristic rectangular holes in dead trees. Pileated woodpeckers are the largest of the common woodpeckers found in most of North America.