Beautiful & Beloved Birds: Woodpeckers — Nature's Hammerheads

Using their heads with extraordinary force helps their quest for food.

The ancients believed these birds were gods that could bring forth rain by tapping their bills. Woodpeckers cannot perform miracles, but they do know how to use their heads. Special adaptations enable them to whack away at tree trunks with extraordinary force in their quest for food and shelter. This high-powered hammering also benefits humans by destroying insect pests.

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