Woodpecker Facts for Kids

Fun Facts about Forest Birds: The Woodpecker

Woodpeckers are amazing creatures! They have a long, sticky tongue that they use to get bugs out of trees. Woodpeckers can tell if there is food hiding in the wood because they can hear the sounds the bugs make. Ready to learn more fun facts about these birds? 

In this blog post, we’re going to reveal all about woodpeckers, from where they look like, where they live, to what sounds they make in the wild. 

Read on to learn all about the lives of woodpeckers! Woodpecker Facts for Kids!

What do woodpeckers look like?

Quickly! Think of a woodpecker. What does it look like? The woodpecker, you might have imagined, was probably black, white, and had red on the top of its head. And you’re right. Many do look like that. But a woodpecker is a type of bird with a long pointy beak that they use to make holes in tree trunks, and there are actually 180 different species! 

Where do woodpeckers live?

The woodpecker lives in habitats all over the world except for Australia and New Guinea. They’re not picky about their environment and can be found anywhere as long as there are forests! Woodpeckers make their nests in trees by digging into a dead tree or a dead part of a live tree. It takes a pair of woodpeckers three whole weeks to make a large enough hole to build their nest. 

What do woodpeckers eat?

A woodpecker’s favorite food is bugs! They like to snack on ants, termites, beetles, caterpillars, and more. If they can’t find any bugs to eat, they’ll look for other bird eggs, small rodents, lizards, fruit, or nuts instead.

What are the predators of a woodpecker?

Woodpeckers have to watch out for bobcats, coyotes, foxes, and hawks! They also have to be careful of large snakes and birds that could come into their nests and take their eggs. 

Do woodpeckers live alone?

Most woodpeckers live alone but keep the same mating partner for life. 

What do you call a baby woodpecker?

A baby woodpecker is called a chick! 

What sounds do woodpeckers make?

Not quite like a drill! Woodpeckers may not whistle as well as other birds and that’s because they use ‘churrs’, ‘purrs’, ‘peeks’, and chatters and screeches to communicate. But how a woodpecker sounds depends on the species! Their sounds change in speed, rhythm, and loudness- just like if you were playing the drums! Try creating a woodpecker call yourself. 

And no… woodpeckers don’t get headaches! 

Pretty cool, right?

If you’ve read this far, then congratulations! You are now an expert on woodpeckers. But don’t stop there – If you want to learn more fun facts about forest animals, or trees, just keep exploring Elapen’s blog posts for kids, check out some of our cool DIY projects, or play some online games. Whatever you decide, get ready to go on an amazing educational adventure! 

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