Fact Sheets - Managing Woodpecker Damage
Woodpeckers are wood-boring birds with short legs and stiff tail feathers which act as props when climbing trees. These physical traits enable them to cling easily to the trunks and branches of trees or to wood siding while pecking. They have short stout, sharply pointed beaks for
pecking into wood and a specially developed tongue for feeding on insects inside crevices.
There are several different species of woodpeckers found throughout Pennsylvania year round.
Flickers have a visible white rump and are golden yellow under the wings and tail when in flight. They have a black patch across their chest and a red crescent on the back
of their neck.
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March 16, 2010