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Members of the Picidae family include Woodpeckers, Piculets, Wrynecks and Sapsuckers.  These bird species are found almost everywhere in the world (except in the polar regions and Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand and Madagascar).  They typically live in forest areas.

Woodpeckers range in size from 8 cm in length weighing 7 grams, to 58 cm long weighing 600 grams.

Members of the Picidae family drill and drum on trees.  They have long sticky tongues to extract food from the holes they produce.

Did you know...

that the pecking action performed by woodpeckers actually keeps their bills sharp?

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The Hairy Woodpecker

One of the most common woodpeckers is the "Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus).  Male birds will have a red patch or two side-by-side patches on the back of their head.  They are hard to distinguish  from their look-alikes, the Downy Woodpecker.  Based on the longer bill, I have identified the birds below as Hairy Woodpeckers.

 

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Hairy woodpecker on pine tree.

Hairy Woodpecker - 1 on pine tree in Northern Ontario.

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Hairy woodpecker on tree.

Hairy Woodpecker - 2 on pine tree in Northern Ontario.

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The damage done by Woodpeckers can cause a tree to become diseased and even die.  Listen for the tapping and pecking sounds in your area.  Identify trees that are being used by woodpeckers by looking for small holes in trees.  Some Woodpeckers look for food by making clusters of holes, others drill in a straight line.  If there is an abundance of food in a particular tree, meaning the tree has an insect problem, the holes created by the birds can become very large.  Some birds attack trees to get at the sap of the tree.  

Not all holes are created by Woodpeckers looking for food.  Sometimes holes are created to build a nest or store their food.

 

Holes bored by Woodpeckers

 

woodpecker holes in birch tree

Woodpecker Damage - 1

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Woodpecker damage holes in pine tree.

Woodpecker damage to a pine tree in Northern Ontario - 1  (Woodpecker-3)

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Pileated Woodpecker

Dryocopus pileatus, commonly known as the Pileated Woodpecker, is a large bird about the size of a crow.  It is black and has white stripes down its neck with a bright red crest.  

These birds prefer to blunder dead trees and fallen logs looking for their favourite food - carpenter ants.  They also eat fruits, nuts and berries.  The holes created by the Pileated Woodpecker are easy to spot - they make unique, large rectangular holes in the wood.

Pileated Woodpeckers often forage on or near the ground as illustrated in the images below.

The large holes inevitably kill the tree, but also serve as homes for ducks, owls, bats and other animals.

 

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Woodpecker damage to pine tree.

Pileated Woodpecker damage to a pine tree in Northern Ontario - 2   (Tree-11)

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Large hole left by woodpecker in pine tree.

Pileated Woodpecker damage to a pine tree in Northern Ontario - 3   (Tree-12)

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Pileated woodpecker hole in pine tree

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Pileated Woodpecker hole in pine tree

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Pileated Woodpecker hole

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"The reason birds can fly 
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Did you know....

There are about 10000 species of birds in the world!

Birds have hollow bones which help them to fly!

 

 

Did you know....

Hummingbirds can fly backwards!

The smallest egg comes from a hummingbird and is the size of a pea.  The largest comes from an ostrich and is the size of a cantaloupe.

 

 

Did you know....

The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but cannot fly!

Males of most bird species are more colourful with beautiful feather shapes!

 

 

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Mocking birds can imitate sounds!

Herons & Egrets were killed by the thousands so that their feathers cold be used to decorate women's hats!

 

 

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Barn owls swallow their prey whole.  After digestion, they cough up the prey's bones & fur!

 

 

 

 

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