|A Male Pink-Billed Woodpecker in Costa Rica.
Recently in Costa Rica I saw a bird so striking in its beauty that it is still hard for me to believe it exists. No, I’m not talking about the spectacular Quetzal of the Cost Rican cloud forests, though I saw them on two different occasions. I’m Talking about the Pale-Billed Woodpecker of Costa Rica.
Long ago I had observed and studied the American Pileated Woodpecker of the mature hard wood forests of the U.S. At first, I thought my two bird were that species. The Pink-Billed looks like the Pileated but the head of the male is entirely red, not simply the crest.
Each morning two of these large magnificent birds would fly over where I was sitting to tap-tap their way up and down and around the trunk of a large, dead tree nearby. Both male and female came quietly most mornings. I never heard vocalizations but their double tap is as distinctive as a call.