These impressive birds reach an adult size of 16 to 19 inches with a wingspan of 26 to 30 inches. Although they are common year round in Maine, they are listed in the Migratory Bird Treaty Protected Species Act. The pileated woodpecker prefers wooded areas with some dead or downed trees as they feed on carpenter ants, beetles and other insects that make their home in the dead wood of trees.
I have observed them near a small stream that runs through a wooded area and in an area of the woods that was recently cut. They often fly from one area to another along the same path at the back of my yard.