No intelligence, just wood

OK, 3 woodpecker facts to help you impress your work colleagues, whilst making a cup of coffee at work.

1. Woodpeckers don’t eat wood, they just peck at wooden trunks to find yummy bugs and sap hiding deep within the bark of the tree.

2. Woodpeckers have reinforced skulls structured to spread the impact force, and their brains are tightly cushioned and protected, which is handy because they can peck up to 20 times per second.

3. The majority of woodpeckers have zygodactyl feet (sounds like a dinosaur description to me). Two toes face the front and another two the back, which helps them grip trees and poles vertically. Combined with a stiff feathered tail and their zygodactyl feet they embrace the tree to enable them to climb vertically.

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3 Comments on “No intelligence, just wood”

  1. starlaschat says:

    I love the woodpecker facts as well. I can’t wait to zing one out.


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