Depicted in cartoon or animated movie as woody woodpecker. This anthropomorphic woodpecker loves to bore hole in every wooden surface to roost or hide from his opponents. He can drill a hole in seconds just like a power tool drill. His cousins in real life love also to drill holes in trees and wooden boards but differs in speed, since the real life woodpecker can peck 20 times a second and can reduce a tree trunk into wood chips.
Biology classifies Wood peckers in the Piciformes order that includes toucans, honey-guide and barbets. They are also named as near-passerine birds that means they are related to the true passerine tree-dwelling birds such as sparrows and finches. Wood peckers notable species includes:
* Northern flicker - found in USA, Canada, Latin America and Cuba. It features black patches in its upper breast and specks in its belly. The sexes can be distinguished by the red stripe present in males and non-existent in females. * Hairy woodpecker - Characterized by its large black covering on its back and wings and entire white on its belly and longer bill. It is commonly found in woodland and forest searching for insects hidden in trees. * Yellow bellied sapsucker - A medium-sized woodpecker with lengths of 34-40 cm and 18-22 cm and wingspan of 4- 63 cm. Its distinguished from other species by its black head, yellow breast and black tail. * Wood peckers likes to peck on wood in search of insects such as beetle and its grub and tree sap. They peck using their sharp beak with dual purpose as a chisel and hammer. Wonder, why they don't sustain brain damage through their repeated pecking? Their skulls have small space between their brain and skull that can prevent their brain from bumping against its skull. Plus, the bird's skull is spongy and thick that acts as shock absorber.
As Wildlife nuisance
Since woodpeckers are insectivore, they sometimes intrude to human dwellings in search of grubs, bee larvae and termites. In pursuit of their prey and territory marking, they leave holes that can damage wooden sidings of houses, window, wooden walls, wooden shingles and metal eaves. Their drumming noise can be noisy and can be unsettling. Solutions to Woodpecker problem
* Local laws forbid forced removal and other non-humane treatment of woodpeckers such as poisoning and shooting. Use visual deterrents such as the heavy-duty bird nets to prevent bird entrance.
* Install visual deterrents such as mock owl and eyes or visual diverter that can scare woodpeckers. * Use woodpecker deterrent paint to discourage woodpeckers from drumming or pecking your wooden properties. It releases nasty odor and taste that can discourage woodpeckers from drilling holes. * Install polycarbonate strips that can shield underneath wooden surfaces from birds. These strips are noon-toxic and deter birds from start picking. * Another solution is to remove the food source such as bee larvae or beetle grubs that can attack woodpeckers. Caulk tunnels or entrances and invest in insect pest control.