Caption: With its bright red feather cap and crow-sized body, the Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is quite a sight. Seen here at Pocosin Lakes Refuge, the Pileated Woodpecker feeds mostly on carpenter and other ants, flies, beetle larvae, termites, caterpillars and other insects. But berries, fruits and nuts, such as holly, blackberries, sumac, dogwood and persimmon, can also make up a good portion of its diet.
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of nine national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center, located in Columbia, NC, is open 9am to 4pm whenever volunteer staffing is available