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7 Interesting Facts about Woodpeckers


What you should know:

  1. Woodpeckers eat suet, nuts, seeds, bugs, sap and fruit. They are especially attracted to suet feeders or peanut feeders.
  2. Woodpeckers will sometimes sip nectar out of hummingbird feeders as well as feast on oranges at an oriole feeder.
  3. Woodpeckers can peck up to 20 times per second, or a total of 8,000-12,000 pecks per day!
  4. Both genders of woodpecker's drum to attract mates, establish territories, and communicate.
  5. Woodpeckers lay two to three sets of eggs per year, consisting of three to six eggs a piece. Birds breed in the spring and both genders tend to their young.
  6. 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.
  7. Average life span of a wild woodpecker is from 4-11 years, depending on the species.