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With its crow-sized body, zebra striped head, and flamboyant Mohawk hair do; the spectacular pileated woodpecker would be hard to mistake for any other bird.With a voice matching its size, the pileated is the loudest bird of the forest. So much so, that the species’ maniacal call provided inspiration for the popular Woody the Woodpecker cartoon character, and the bird’s outrageous repertoire has been a source for the jungle night sounds in Hollywood movies.

But although pileated woodpeckers are easily heard, they are less often seen. Shy and reclusive, getting a good look at these deep woods denizens can present a major challenge.

Intelligent beyond the level a person would expect from a bird, pileateds may actually spy on us as we slowly creep through the woods looking for them. I’ve seen nearby pileateds exhibit the squirrel-like habit of slyly peering from behind the concealment of a tree trunk — playing a crafty game of hide and seek with only their heads showing — as they watched me pass. Always a high priority species with wildlife watchers, the prospect of a pileated close encounter makes birders drool.

In Iowa, pileated woodpeckers enjoy their greatest abundance along the heavily timbered bluff country of the Upper Mississippi River. During recent years, the species has been staging an aggressive westward expansion — especially into the larger woodlands of North Central Iowa. Data collected during statewide breeding bird surveys indicate that pileated numbers have nearly doubled during the past decade.

Who knew songbird Britney Spears did a crackerjack impersonation of Woody Woodpecker?!The pop princess in fact does know how to channel the cartoon bird known for his wild red pompadour and famous laugh.

Britney shared a hilarious video on Instagram of her imitation of Woody Woodpecker Friday. In the short clip, captioned, “Sometimes I do impressions…,” the “Circus” singer is all smiles before she launches into the perfect staccato laughter made memorable by the cartoon character first voiced by Looney Tunes legend Mel Blanc.

And while we always knew the award-winning artist had some vocal chops, she proved she’s also skilled at parroting (or woodpeckering, perhaps). The 32-year-old even impressed her son, who can be seen giggling in the backseat.

Just days ago, the blond beauty was “#SoCold” when she chose to “#BreakTheIce” in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after accepting the nomination from her little sister, Jamie Lynn Spears.

Britney then nominated Adam Sandler, boyfriend David Lucado and friend Robin Greenhill to support the cause by way of getting an ice-cold bucket of water dumped over their heads in addition to donating some cash.

More than $50 million has reportedly been raised for the ALS Association since July 29, when the charitable stunt went viral online.

Universal Pictures brought a new take on a familiar toon to Sao Paulo’s Comic Con Experience over the weekend, revealing a teaser trailer for its hybrid feature Pica-Pau — a.k.a. Walter Lantz’s Woody Woodpecker. The character which debuted in 1940 is still quite popular in Brazil, where the film will be released next year.

In line with the Yogi Bear and Scooby-Doo theatrical features of recent years, the 2D cartoon icon gets a CGI makeover for this film to more realistically interact with his live-action co-stars: Brazilian actress Thalia Ayala plays Brittany, whose con-artist boyfriend Lance (Psych‘s Timothy Omundson) is hell bent on getting rid of Pica-Pau/Woody (voiced by Eric Bauza) and his habitat in order to build his dream house.

Pica-Pau is directed by Alex Zamm (Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2Inspector Gadget 2). It’s unknown whether Universal will bring the film to US theaters.

Universal Pictures have released the international trailer for their upcoming live-action/ animated movie Woody Woodpecker, based on the popular cartoon of the same name.

The very brief teaser, titled Pica-Pau internationally, shows off some footage from the upcoming movie, which opens in Brazil in October of 2017 with other markets coming shortly afterwards.

Timothy Omundson, Alex Zamm (Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2Inspector Gadget 2) directs from a script he co-wrote with William Roberts. Thaila Ayala, Graham Verchere, Jordana Largy, Adrian Glynn McMorran, Chelsea Miller and Jakob Davies star in the film, with Eric Bauza providing the voice of Woody Woodpecker.

 

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