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Why do woodpeckers peck the trees?

August 19, 2010  by: srividhya  Points: 10   Category: General Science  Earning $0.25   Views: 1842

A wood pecker is bird and a member of the family Picidae. It is called a woodpecker because is 'pecks' the wood.. looking for insects to eat, it help the tree

         

WHY DO WOODPECKERS PECK THE TREES?



A wood pecker is bird and a member of the family Picidae. It is called a woodpecker because is 'pecks' the wood.

When we see a woodpecker at work on a tree, we get the impression that it is damaging it. But this is not true. In fact the woodpecker is a great help to the tree. It 'pecks' the wood, looking for insects to eat.

Many grubs and insects remain hidden deep in the crevices of the bark of the trees. The woodpecker can find them instinctively even when they cannot be seen outside. Then it drills s deep hole and straight gets down to them. Quite often these insects and worms are harmful to the trees.



The woodpecker has a chisel-like beak which can drill holes into dead or unhealthy trees. It then uses its long tongue to capture and eat such insects. Most of the woodpeckers nest in large holes that they dig in the branches or tree trunks.



There are 24 species of woodpeckers found in North America. These include the flickers and sapsuckers. The downy woodpecker can grow upto a length of 14 cm. The pileated woodpeckers, found in the eastern and north-western United States and in parts of Canada, often reaches a length of 34 cm. The pileated woodpecker chisels large deep, oblong holes into the tree trunks.
Sometimes woodpeckers make two openings, like a front and back door. This is to enable to get if an enemy shows up.

A wood pecker is bird and a member of the family Picidae. It is called a woodpecker because is 'pecks' the wood.


When we see a woodpecker at work on a tree, we get the impression that it is damaging it. But this is not true. In fact the woodpecker is a great help to the tree. It 'pecks' the wood, looking for insects to eat.

Many grubs and insects remain hidden deep in the crevices of the bark of the trees. The woodpecker can find them instinctively even when they cannot be seen outside. Then it drills s deep hole and straight gets down to them. Quite often these insects and worms are harmful to the trees.

The woodpecker has a chisel-like beak which can drill holes into dead or unhealthy trees. It then uses its long tongue to capture and eat such insects. Most of the woodpeckers nest in large holes that they dig in the branches or tree trunks.


There are 24 species of woodpeckers found in North America. These include the flickers and sapsuckers. The downy woodpecker can grow upto a length of 14 cm. The pileated woodpeckers, found in the eastern and north-western United States and in parts of Canada, often reaches a length of 34 cm. The pileated woodpecker chisels large deep, oblong holes into the tree trunks.


sometimes woodpeckers make two openings, like a front and back door. This is to enable to get if an enemy shows up.




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Author: Sagar        
Posted Date: 08/22/2010    Points:1    

Very useful and very informative information given i like this article. Good

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