Picture Downy Woodpecker
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Woodpeckers are noted for their wood pecking ability. They have
a strong bill which is sharply pointed. This is used for chipping
and digging into tree trunks or branches as the bird is
looking for insects.
The toes are usually in pairs, two before and two behind, and have
sharp, strong claws.
The tail is stiffened, with the shafts of the feathers terminating in hard
spines, which the birds press against a vertical surface to help support
There are more than 200 species of woodpeckers worldwide, although
not found in Australia.
Woodpeckers are usually solitary in habit, and nest anywhere where
there are trees, from rain forests to city parks.
Woodpeckers generally nest in holes cut into the trunks of trees or
even into giant cacti. Females deposit several shiny, white eggs in
a soft bed of rotted chips at the bottom of the cavity.
The Ivory Billed Woodpecker is the largest of the North American
woodpeckers, although it is on the verge of extinction.
The most common woodpeckers are the Yellow Bellied Sapsucker,
the Hairy Woodpecker and the Downy Woodpecker.
Yellow bellied sapsuckers tap trees in a distinctive rhythm but do
not drum. They drill parallel rows of small holes in live trees, then
return to feed on sap and small insects.
The Hairy woodpecker is a medium sized bird with vertical white
stripe on the back and long bill. The female does not have a red patch
on the back of the head.
The Downy woodpecker is smaller looking like a miniature hairy
woodpecker but with a short slender bill.
Flickers are jay sized woodpeckers with brown backs, no white
on the wings, and a black breast crescent. They are found in open
country near trees and often seen on the ground eating ants.
The most famous woodpecker is
Woodpeckers make up the family Picidae of the order Piciformes.
Types of North American Woodpeckers:
Black Backed Woodpecker
Golden Fronted Woodpecker
Ivory Billed Woodpecker
Ladder Backed Woodpecker
Red Bellied Woodpecker
Red Breasted Sapsucker
Red Headed Woodpecker
Three Toed Woodpecker
White Headed Woodpecker
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
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