Woodpeckers are better known as woody woodpeckers in children's as well as elders'world. There are other members as well in the family such as piculets, wrynecks, sapsuckers and members of the picidae family. Woodpeckers and all these birds can easily be seen across the globe except Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand, Madagascar and all the Polar Regions at the borders.

You can easily find them around big trees in thick forests and heavy jungles. Moreover they are found in places where there is heavy woodland around. Some woodpeckers also live in hilly and rocky areas where there are no trees. Some live in deserts as well but that type is very rare and hardly seen.

Types of Woodpeckers

Coming to the types of woodpeckers, there are almost one hundred and eighty species of these lovely birds some of which are listed in this post, such as Golden-Fronted wood pecker, Red Bellied woodpecker, and so on. Both these types of woodpeckers look same, at first sight, but they are different from each other in many ways. People often get confused while distinguishing between them due to their like appearances.

Another type of woodpecker is Acorn woodpecker, also known as Melanerpes Formiciverus. They are named so because they depend heavily on acorns and like to eat the oak fruits more than any other thing.

Arizona woodpecker and Strickland's woodpecker are among the other types of woodpeckers. These are very similar and people also get confused while distinguishing between these two types of woodpeckers. In fact there was a time when people thought that Arizona woodpeckers were sub species of Strickland's woodpeckers but that's not true. They both are different types of woodpeckers that may look alike but are different for one or more reasons.

The woodpeckers types don't end here and there are many others as well, such as Black-Cheeked woodpecker, Downy woodpecker, Gila woodpecker, Golden-Olive woodpecker, Great Spotted woodpecker, Green woodpecker, Grey woodpecker, Hairy woodpecker, Ladder-Backed woodpecker, Lewis's woodpecker, Magellanic woodpecker, Pileated woodpecker, Red-Cockaded woodpecker, Red-Headed woodpecker, Red-Naped woodpecker, Robust woodpecker, Three-Toed woodpecker, and so on.

Woodpecker Facts

As far as woodpecker facts are concerned, they are many. I have tried to sum up the most interesting and amazing facts in this post, so that everyone out there can grasp some quality information in a stimulating manner.

  • Woodpeckers have four toes, two at front and two at back and the birds with such a condition are called zygodactyls birds.
  • Woodpeckers are categorized as omnivorous and like to have insects, fruits, seeds and nuts in their diet.
  • They catch their prey with the help of their long tongue.
  • As far as vocalization of woodpeckers is concerned, they can't produce any kind of sounds.
  • Usually they peck to communicate with each other and also to attract their mates during the mating season.
  • Woodpeckers have feathers on their nostrils that prevent them from gasping or gulping wood particles while pecking.
  • Woodpeckers have feathers on their nostrils that prevent them from gasping or gulping wood particles while pecking.
  • The old holes then become shelter for other birds, such as bluebirds, owls, wrens, and so on.
  • Woodpeckers are capable of pec't feel any sort of pain or headaches during and after pecking.
  • Their brain is very tightly integrated and guarded under their skull since they are made for pecking.
  • The woodpeckers can live a life of four years at minimum and eleven years at maximum.
  • The largest threat or risk to all the woodpeckers is that of their decreasing habitats.
  • There are many reasons for that, like the burning of forests, use of insecticides, natural catastrophes, and so on.
  • Thus if someday you need to cut a dead tree for any reason, do leave ten to fifteen inches of that tree remain erected for woodpeckers.

Woodpecker Pictures

There are numerous woodpecker pictures available on the internet. You can search for them and download as many as needed. The colorful woodpeckers pictures would surely give a boost to your moods. It will be a good source of keeping yourself fresh while working on your systems once you place them on the desktop screens.

Pictures can be a very good way to familiarize your kids with certain birds and animals in a friendly manner. They can recognize these birds when they see them live somewhere. So, download your favorite woodpeckers' pictures and place them on your screens to give your kids an opportunity to get familiar with woodpeckers and other birds at home.

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