The Woodpeckers are a large family of birds
found in forested areas
around the globe. They have specially evolved to deal with chiseling wood.
They are 7 to 15 inches long, have short legs, sharp-clawed toes
and stiff tail feathers helping them perch upright on trees.
Woodpeckers feed by pecking to chip off, or drill into, tree
Woodpeckers sometimes damage decaying wood siding on houses
in search of insects. Most woodpeckers feed on wood-boring insects,
insects on trees and the ground, vegetable matter, berries or tree sap.
Woodpeckers are seldom seen in flocks.
Most of them are solitary or in pairs.
They also use their beaks to tap to communicate
with one another and to court.