Woodpeckers offer an endlessly fascinating study in bird behavior and style. The more you watch, the more engaging they become. Part of it is anatomy. Their broad wings, stiff tail feathers, and unusual toe arrangement are ideally combined for maneuvering quickly through your trees and bushes, screeching to a halt, and grabbing onto the bark with their feet in a perfect, amazing vertical landing. Then, using their tail for counterbalance, they almost rappel down your tree, tail first, until they reach their goal.

Nuttall's Woodpecker

Nuttall’s Woodpecker. © Greg Lavaty.

There are 22 species of woodpeckers in the United States.  The new Birdzill.com mini-guide to Woodpeckers features full descriptions  and images of 10 of the most common or unusual woodpeckers plus images of the other 12 woodpecker species found in North America.  The photographs feature the work of three of North America’s top bird and nature photographers.

Information includes tips on feeding woodpeckers and woodpecker fun facts.  A range map for each of the featured 10 species is included.

The guide is ideal for educators wishing to teach about these fascinating birds.  The downloadable file includes a printable PDF document along with the calls of five different woodpecker species.

The Guide is free to download.

Williamson's Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus thyroideus) perched on a branch in British Columbia, Canada.

Williamson’s Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus thyroideus) perched on a branch in British Columbia, Canada. Photo by Glenn Bartley.

Additional free materials for educations, including bird flash cards and a bird bingo game are also available on Birdzilla.com.

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