The Pileated Woodpecker(Dryocopus pileatus) gets it's name from the Latin word for capped or crest, referring to the bright red feathers on the top of the woodpecker's head. It's not uncommon to see these large, eye-catching birds on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Pileated Woodpeckers are insectivores, feeding mainly on termites, ants, grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars, etc. But, they will also supplement their diet with nuts and berries. Enjoy a wildlife viewing drive through the refuge during daylight hours. Be sure to stay on the main roads. Because of all the rain this area has received, refuge side roads may not be suitable for driving.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) NOTICE
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.
For local conditions review the information on refuge websites and/or call ahead. At this time, the Manteo Office for the Coastal NC National Wildlife Refuges Complex is staffed for emergency calls and general information: 252-473-1131 Ext 224. Or you may email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about all refuges in eastern North Carolina.
If visiting one of our refuges, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and exercising good hygiene.