Isn’t it fascinating to see and hear a woodpecker pecking wood? This behavior is vital for this beautiful bird. This is not just a random act rather a logical one.
Here are 5 reasons why woodpeckers peck
In search of food
Wood pecking is their food hunting strategy. When these birds find a colony of ants, larvae or other insects they start to peck. When they are able to produce an opening on the tree bark the desired food is collected by virtue of their long tongue.
Woodpeckers don’t sing and instead of singing they bang the trees to produce a unique tapping sound. This sounds also keeps them safe from their potential predators and from their rivals. At the same time, male woodpeckers produce this sound in order to attract the opposite sex for the mating purpose.
Unlike other birds, woodpeckers don’t collect twigs or grass in order to build their nests. By pecking they create unique opening/holes on the tree that is actually the foundational structure of their nest. When you see multiple little holes on a tree it is an indication that woodpeckers are searching for food. However, when you see one larger hole note it as their nesting effort.
Marks their own territory
Animals in the wild love to mark their own territory and woodpeckers are not an exception to that. We create brick walls to mark our territory. Likewise, this bird species mark their territory through wood pecking. The loud sound created during wood pecking informs other birds of their own species or other species that the owner is present and active.
They have this unique ability
Woodpeckers probably have the strongest neck and beak among all birds. This physical trait gives them the strength to peck the wood up to ten thousand times a day without causing any harm to their body.
Woodpeckers don’t have the intention to cause any harm to nature. However, unfortunately, this unique bird causes damage to nature. Many trees die due to multiple holes created by this bird. Even they bring structural damages to man-made buildings.
Despite this destructive trait which is absolutely unintentional woodpeckers must be treated with love and care. After all we humans create more damage to nature than any bird species.