The woodpecker

Woodpeckers (peaks or woodpeckers) are perfectly adapted to life in the forest. There are many different species that are found in almost all forests in all seasons. It is often easier to listen to them. Using their powerful beaks thick, woodpeckers rattle in the trunks of the trees, making holes where to get wood-boring insects.

The legs of most birds have two toes pointing forward and two steps back, allowing them to easily cling to vertical trunks. Their tails are short and rigid, which can be used as support when pressed against the tree. Because of these special adaptations, woodpeckers are very efficient at locating and capturing prey, insects stem.

When looking for food, woodpeckers perch on logs and listen intently, trying to hear the noise of an insect that moves just beneath the bark. When it detects an insect, the woodpecker quickly pierces the bark and uses his long tongue to extract their prey. Most of them look like insects on conifers in deciduous trees. Several species prefer to look at dead trees remain standing, because in them there is always a lot of wood-boring insects.


But not only woodpeckers help forests to consume many pest insects such as bark beetles, but also provide nesting holes for other animals. These holes, woodpeckers facts when seeking food, are especially important to the songbirds, and are constantly searched for nesting places. Also red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris – Sciuridae) and the flying of America (Glaucomys spp. Sciuridae) compete for the use of these holes. Unfortunately, humans often eliminate dead forest trees, which are trees that have as many of these cavities.

But not all insects woodpeckers look the same way. Some species lack the rigid tail vertically allowed settle on the trunks of the trees. The carpenter tuercecuello (Jynx spp.) Is one of these species, instead of climbing up the trunks, they descend to the ground to feed on ants’ nests, and can catch up to 100 ants with a simple swipe of his long tongue .