Case studies

This beautiful male Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) hit a car, really hard, with his head.

His rescuer found him sitting next to the road in Belle Meade, dazed and barely moving. Once admitted for care, we were relieved to learn that he didn’t have any serious injuries, just a concussion. 

Forty-eight hours later, our woodpecker was free and back in his Belle Meade home territory. We’re so happy he was able to make a full recovery in such a short time—for his own sake, of course, but also for everyone in the rehab who had to listen to his non-stop pecking. We won’t soon forget this special patient.