Agriculture
Hungry bug seeks hot meal
Seeds of the Future
Earth-Friendly Fabrics
Amphibians
Salamanders and Newts
Tree Frogs
Newts
Animals
Walktopus
Life on the Down Low
Roach Love Songs
Behavior
Primate Memory Showdown
Nice Chimps
Fighting fat with fat
Birds
Dodos
Vultures
Backyard Birds
Chemistry and Materials
A Spider's Silky Strength
Cold, colder and coldest ice
Screaming for Ice Cream
Computers
Lighting goes digital
Earth from the inside out
It's a Small E-mail World After All
Dinosaurs and Fossils
Watery Fate for Nature's Gliders
Feathered Fossils
From Mammoth to Modern Elephant
E Learning Jamaica
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
E Learning in Jamaica WIN PRIZES and try our Fun Animated Games
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
Earth
Undersea Vent System Active for Ages
Island of Hope
Earth's Poles in Peril
Environment
Toxic Cleanups Get a Microbe Boost
A 'Book' on Every Living Thing
Blooming Jellies
Finding the Past
Salt and Early Civilization
Settling the Americas
A Human Migration Fueled by Dung?
Fish
Hammerhead Sharks
Mako Sharks
Carp
Food and Nutrition
Strong Bones for Life
Chocolate Rules
Sponges' secret weapon
GSAT English Rules
Order of Adjectives
Problems with Prepositions
Who vs. Whom
GSAT Exam Preparation Jamaica
42,000 students will sit for the GSAT Exam in two weeks
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
The Annual GSAT Scholarships
GSAT Exams Jamaica Scholarships
GSAT stars reap scholarship glory
GSAT Practice Papers | GSAT Mathematics | Maths
42,000 students will sit for the GSAT Exam in two weeks
GSAT Mathematics
Deep-space dancers
How a Venus Flytrap Snaps Shut
10 Common Mistakes When Preparing for the GSAT Math Test
Human Body
Prime Time for Broken Bones
Remembering Facts and Feelings
Gut Microbes and Weight
Invertebrates
Lobsters
Beetles
Roundworms
Mammals
Sphinxes
African Hyenas
Bumblebee Bats
Parents
Children and Media
Choosing a Preschool: What to Consider
Raise a Lifelong Reader by Reading Aloud
Physics
Einstein's Skateboard
Echoes of a Stretched Egg
One ring around them all
Plants
Flower family knows its roots
Tracking the Sun Improves Plant Pollen
Assembling the Tree of Life
Reptiles
Rattlesnakes
Black Mamba
Boa Constrictors
Space and Astronomy
Pluto, plutoid: What's in a name?
A Moon's Icy Spray
Icy Red Planet
Technology and Engineering
Dancing with Robots
Young Scientists Take Flight
Searching for Alien Life
The Parts of Speech
Pronouns
What is a Verb?
Adjectives and Adverbs
Transportation
Flying the Hyper Skies
Middle school science adventures
Seen on the Science Fair Scene
Weather
In Antarctica watch the heat (and your step)
Warmest Year on Record
A Dire Shortage of Water
Add your Article

Woodpecker

Woodpeckers are near passerine birds of the order Piciformes. They are found worldwide and include numerous species, usually numbered at 218 (including the Ivory-billed). Features: Some woodpeckers and wrynecks in the order Piciformes have zygodactyl feet, with two toes pointing forward, and two backward. These feet, though adapted for clinging to a vertical surface, can be used for grasping or perching. Several species have only three toes. The long tongue found in some woodpeckers can be darted forward to capture insects. They Peck Wood: Woodpeckers gained their English name because of the habit of some species of tapping and pecking noisily on tree trunks with their beaks. This is both a means of communication to signal possession of territory to their rivals, and a method of locating and accessing insect larvae found under the bark. In Search of Food... The woodpecker first locates a tunnel by tapping on the trunk. Once a tunnel is found, the woodpecker chisels out wood till it makes an opening into the tunnel. Then it worms its tongue into the tunnel to try to locate the grub. The tongue of the woodpecker is long and ends in a barb. With its tongue the woodpecker skewers the grub and draws it out of the trunk. Nests and Nestlings: Woodpeckers also use their beaks to create larger holes for their nests which are 15-45 cm (6-18 inches) below the opening. These nests are lined only with wood chips and hold 2-8 white eggs laid by the females. Because the nests are out of sight, they are not visible to predators and eggs do not need to be camouflaged. Cavities created by woodpeckers are also reused as nests by other birds, such as some ducks and owls, and mammals, such as tree squirrels. Woodpecker Trivia: In February 2005 the Canadian scientist Dr. Louis Lefebvre announced a method of measuring avian IQ in terms of their innovation in feeding habits. Woodpeckers were named among the most intelligent birds based on this scale. The term "Peckerwood," an inversion of "Woodpecker", is used as a pejorative term in the United States. This word was coined in the 19th century by southern blacks to describe poor whites. They considered them loud and troublesome like the bird, and often with red hair like the woodpecker's head plumes. This word is still widely used by southern blacks to refer to southern whites.

Woodpecker
Woodpecker








Designed and Powered by HBJamaica.com™