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Piculets, wrynecks, and sapsuckers are all members of the Picidae family, which also contains woodpeckers. Except for Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand, Madagascar, and the extreme polar areas, members of this family may be found all over the world. The majority of species reside in woods or woodland environments, although a few species have been identified that survive in treeless regions such as steep slopes and deserts, and the Gila woodpecker is known to prey on cactus.

The members of this family are most recognized for their peculiar behavior. They mostly hunt for insect food on tree trunks and branches, and they frequently communicate by drumming their beaks, which produces a reverberatory sound that may be heard from afar. Fruits, birds’ eggs, tiny animals, tree sap, human leftovers, and carrion are among the foods consumed by certain species. They mostly nest and roost in holes they dig in tree trunks, and their abandoned holes are valuable to other cavity-nesting birds. They can cause conflict with people by causing holes in structures or feeding on fruit orchards, but they provide a valuable service by removing insect pests from trees.

The Picidae are one of nine extant families in the order Piciformes, with the barbets (three families), toucans, toucan-barbets, and honeyguides making up the clade Pici (together with woodpeckers), and jacamars and puffbirds making up the clade Galbuli. The sisterhood of these two groups has been verified by DNA sequencing. Picidae is a family with around 240 species divided into 35 genera. Almost 20 species are threatened with extinction as a result of habitat loss or fragmentation, with one species, the Bermuda flicker, now extinct and two more potentially so.


Woodpeckers range in size from small piculets of less than 7 cm (2.8 in) in length and weighing less than 7 g (0.25 oz) to giant woodpeckers of more than 50 cm (20 in). The great slaty woodpecker, which weighs 360–563 g (12.7–19.9 oz), is the biggest extant species, however the extinct imperial woodpecker and ivory-billed woodpecker were likely also larger.

Woodpeckers’ plumage ranges from dull to flamboyant. Many species’ colors are based on olive and brown, and others are pied, indicating a requirement for concealment; others are strongly patterned in black, white, and red, and many have a crest or tufted feathers on the crown, indicating a need for camouflage. Woodpeckers are sexually dimorphic, although the differences between sexes are usually minor; the exceptions being Williamson’s sapsucker and the orange-backed woodpecker, which have significant variances. Except for wrynecks, who have a second partial moult before breeding, the plumage is entirely moulted once a year.

Woodpeckers, piculets, and wrynecks all have zygodactyl feet, which have four toes with the first (hallux) and fourth toes facing backward and the second and third toes facing forward. This foot configuration is ideal for gripping tree limbs and trunks. Members of this family have the ability to climb vertically up tree trunks, which is useful for tasks like food gathering and nest excavation. Woodpeckers have short, powerful legs in addition to sharp claws and feet.

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