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There are over two thousand species of woodpeckers which are mostly identifiable through sharp clawed toes that point backwards and brilliantly coloured plumages. They also have a stiff tail that acts as a prop during feeding and boring wood. 

They feed mainly on insects and worms that are found on trees. They use their beak and long tongue to dislodge these insects from their hideouts. 

Woodpeckers are protected by the federal migratory bird act that prevents people from harming them during control.

Size : 7 inches to 15 inches
Shape : Bird
Color : Red, black and white
Legs : 2
Wings : Yes
Antenna : No
Common Name : Woodpecker
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Piciformes
Family : Picidae
Species : Varies


Woodpeckers primarily forage for insects on tree barks. They use their strong beaks and tongue to reach those that are deeply hidden. Some species however forage on the ground for insects. Other species also eat nutty fruits.
Woodpeckers bore wood where they live and raise their young. They also nest in buildings where people stay.
Use bird netting

Use deterrents for taste like woodpecker protective coating spray or repellent paint additive. 

Use other tactics like flash tapes, firefly bird diverters and distress call units.
Besides damaging wood which they bore to make nests, the sound produced when knocking on the wood is a bother. They produce the sound both to attract mates and bore in the wood. 

They also peck on artificial installations like air conditioners.
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