Migratory Birds Convention represents an enduring partnership between Canada and the United States to protect the canadian beloved migratory bird populations. This Silver coin is the fourth and final coin in this new series and features the Pileated Woodpecker, a red crest bird protected under its provisions. Limited mintage to only 6.500 pieces worldwide. The reverse design by Canadian artist Claudio DAngelo features an intricately engraved portrait of a pileated woodpecker in a forest setting. The side-profile view offers a sense of the birds large size as it takes flight on broad wings, with feathers splayed in a dramatic fashion. Vibrant colour naturally draws the eye to the red crest atop its head, which offers a gorgeous splash of colour above the black and white stripes that run down its neck and re-appear along its flight feathers. Rising up in the engraved background is a mighty maple tree, where large chiselled holes in the bark provide evidence of the woodpeckers feeding activity before its majestic flight. Pileated Woodpecker Pileated woodpeckers are the largest of the common woodpeckers found in most of North America. These crow-sized birds present a memorable sight with their zebra-striped heads and necks, long bills, and distinctive red crests. Pileated woodpeckers forage for their favorite meal, carpenter ants, by digging large, rectangular holes in trees. These holes can be so large that they weaken smaller trees or even cause them to break in half. Other birds are often attracted to these large openings, eager to access any exposed insects. Pileated woodpeckers do not discriminate between coniferous and deciduous treesas long as they yield the ants and beetle larvae that make up much of the birds’ diet. Woodpeckers sometimes access these morsels by peeling long strips of bark from the tree, but they also forage on the ground and supplement their diet with fruits and nuts. The enthusiastic drumming that creates such holes sounds like a loud hammering, and is audible for a great distance. Woodpeckers also drum to attract mates and to announce the boundaries of their territories. Pairs establish territories and live on them all year long. The birds typically choose large, older trees for nesting and usually inhabit a tree hole. In eastern North America, pileated woodpeckers declined as their forest habitats were systematically logged in the 19th and 20th centuries. In recent decades, many forests have regenerated, and woodpecker species have enjoyed corresponding growth. The birds have proven to be adaptable to changing forest conditions. The item “PILEATED WOODPECKER The Migratory Birds Convention Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2016″ is in sale since Monday, June 25, 2018. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Canada\Commemorative”. The seller is “powercoin_italy” and is located in Roma. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Canada
- Circulated/Uncirculated: Uncirculated