Strikingly Beautiful Birds - Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers, an order that includes some of the oldest avian lineages, are one of the most popular families of birds, and they are certainly one of the more unusual. Their ability to excavate holes in wood is legendary. The family ranges from the tiny piculets of tropical forests to the mighty Imperial Woodpecker of Mexico, sadly now extinct. In between, there is a considerable variety of species inhabiting forests and woodlands on all continents except Australasia and Antarctica.




The definitive guide to all 239 species of woodpecker.


A bird perhaps a bit under appreciated for its beauty are Woodpeckers. Here are a series of pictures that put this bird's beauty on display...

A Male Magellanic Woodpecker, Torres Del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile


A Male Magellanic Woodpecker, Torres Del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile


Simoni, Marco


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Red-Headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes Erythrocephalus), Eastern USA


Red-Headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes Erythrocephalus), Eastern USA


Maslowski, Steve


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Baby Pileated Woodpeckers Peer from the Tree Hole Nest


Baby Pileated Woodpeckers Peer from the Tree Hole Nest


Grall, George


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Grey Woodpecker Tapping Tree Trunk, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania


Grey Woodpecker Tapping Tree Trunk, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania


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Close-Up of a Black-Cheeked Woodpecker Perching on Wood, Cano Negro, Costa Rica


Close-Up of a Black-Cheeked Woodpecker Perching on Wood, Cano Negro, Costa Rica


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Acorn Woodpecker Male on a Snag (Melanerpes Formicivorus), Arizona, USA


Acorn Woodpecker Male on a Snag (Melanerpes Formicivorus), Arizona, USA


Melton, Charles...


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Male Golden-Fronted Woodpecker, Melanerpes Aurifrons, Texas, USA


Male Golden-Fronted Woodpecker, Melanerpes Aurifrons, Texas, USA


Cornell, John


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Pileatd Woodpecker Scales a Pine Tree Trunk


Pileatd Woodpecker Scales a Pine Tree Trunk


Grall, George


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Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes Carolinus


Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes Carolinus


Carter, Gary


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Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker


Hamblin, Mark


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Golden-Olive Woodpecker, Female at Nest-Hole, Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, Costa Rica


Golden-Olive Woodpecker, Female at Nest-Hole, Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, Costa Rica


Fogden, Michael


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A Male Pileated Woodpecker Looks Around Before Boring into the Trunk of a Dead Pine


A Male Pileated Woodpecker Looks Around Before Boring into the Trunk of a Dead Pine


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Large White Billed Woodpecker, Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahamas Islands, 1731


Large White Billed Woodpecker, Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahamas Islands, 1731


Catesby, Mark


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Northern Flicker, Oregon, USA


Northern Flicker, Oregon, USA


Sleicher, Charles


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Woodpecker and Trees

Woodpecker and Trees


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