Issue 02

Woodpeckers

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Woodpeckers are part of the family Picidae. They have strong beaks and a shock-resistant head to bore holes in the tree to catch insects. They also have a sticky tongue to catch insects like a frog. There are 12 known species of woodpeckers in India. They can be around 7 cm to 50 cm! The most common woodpecker in the Western Ghats is the Flame back woodpecker. Himalayan woodpecker is one of the most shy woodpeckers.

Here are pictures of Lesser Flameback Woodpecker, Grey headed woodpecker, Lesser yellow nape woodpecker and Brown fronted woodpecker taken in the hill town of Sattal, Uttarkhand, India.

Chirp!