7 Things you should know about woodpeckers

  • Woodpeckers eat suet, nuts, seeds, bugs, sap and fruit. They are especially attracted to suet feeders or peanut feeders.
  • Woodpeckers will sometimes sip nectar out of hummingbird feeders as well as feast on oranges at an oriole feeder.
  • Woodpeckers can peck up to 20 times per second, or a total of 8,000-12,000 pecks per day!
  • Both genders of woodpeckers drum to attract mates, establish territories, and communicate.
  • Woodpeckers lay two to three sets of eggs per year, consisting of three to six eggs apiece. Birds breed in the spring and both genders tend to their young.
  • Woodpecker’s tongues are up to 11 cm long, and they wrap around the skull. Many have barbed tongues that help them extract bugs from trees and holes.
  • Average life span of a wild woodpecker is from 4-11 years, depending on the species.

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