They’re fairly common throughout much of the south and lower MidwestWe have a large species of Woodpecker in northern California. They are Pileated Woodpeckers and bear some resemblance to the Ivory Bills. They are not common. A limiting factor for them is each pair of them requires a very large number of acres of older, large tree habitat. I live in a Redwood forest and each year a couple of them land in our Myrtle bushes and eat the seeds that look like pepper corns. They make quite a racket with their calls. The sound of their bills hitting trees carries a long way.
Except for likely extinct Ivory Bills, the Pileated is North America's largest Woodpecker.
A big, dashing bird with a flaming crest, the largest woodpecker in North America (except the Ivory-bill, which is almost certainly extinct). Excavating deep into rotten wood to get at the nests of carpenter ants, the Pileated leaves characteristic rectangular holes in dead trees. This species...www.audubon.org