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A group of Woodpeckers is called a descent.

There are more than 200 species of Woodpeckers scattered all over the world but none of them are found in Australia, Madagascar or New Zealand. The average life span of a wild Woodpecker is from 4–11 years, depending on the species.

Most Woodpeckers have 4 toes; 2 face forward and 2 face backward. This arrangement is called zygodactyl. Their short legs and sharp nails make it easier for them to cling to bark.

A pair of stiff, centrally located tail feathers allows them to “tripod” itself on trees. This makes possible a solid “platform” from which the Woodpecker can strike the tree with its beak. These important feathers are not moulted until their replacements have fully grown in.

A extremely thick skull and squashy bone help to protects the brain of Woodpeckers from shocks caused by persistent pecking behaviour. A Woodpecker can peck twenty times a second (approximately 8,000–12,000 pecks per day). Woodpeckers create new holes every year. Thus, old cavities drilled by them are used by other hole-nesting species such as starlings, chickadees, owls and squirrels.

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A straight, chisel–like bill is used to excavate holes in trees for nesting and roosting. It is also used for foraging insects, insect eggs and larva.

Bristle–like feathers over their nostrils help to keep wood particles from being inhaled.

Woodpeckers having up to a 10cm (4ins) tongue allowing them to “worm” their way into hard to reach places. There are hard, saliva coated bristles on the end of the tongue that aids in grabbing the prey. It laps ants off the ground and probes in to ant hills. The tongue can also be used for lapping sap.

Some Woodpeckers gather acorns, pine nuts and fruit while others gather bugs from tree surfaces.

Woodpeckers lay 2–8 white eggs. Both parent’s aid in incubation and the young are born blind and nude.

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All Woodpeckers have a characteristic wing–beat pattern while flying: 3 flaps and glide, Etc, Etc, Etc.

The most common plumage colours for all Woodpeckers are black, white, red and yellow. A few species also have orange, green, brown, maroon and gold in their coloration.

The two largest Woodpeckers in the world are the Imperial Woodpecker and the Ivory–Billed Woodpecker but both could be extinct. The largest confirmed Woodpecker is the Great Slaty Woodpecker of Southeast Asia, which measures 50cm (20ins) long.

Woodpeckers do not have vocal songs and instead they drum on resonant objects such as hollow trees and logs, utility poles, chimneys, rain gutters and trash cans. Woodpeckers drum to attract mates, establish territories and otherwise communicate and both genders are known to drum.

The Piculets are a type of Woodpecker found South America and Asia and they are the smallest Woodpeckers, measuring only 8-10cm (3-4ins) long depending on the species.

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