Woodpeckers of North AmericaBook - 2005
A comprehensive, profusely illustrated natural history of all 28 North American species of woodpeckers.
The distinctive behavior and sound of woodpeckers make them easy to hear and interesting to watch. Woodpeckers of North America specifically covers all species of woodpeckers found in the United States, Canada and northern Mexico.
Woodpeckers are renowned for their cavity-excavating abilities. Although trees and telephone poles are the choice of most woodpeckers, desert dwellers frequently excavate nests in cacti. While all eat insects, many drink tree sap, eat acorns, and consume other surprising foods.
Woodpeckers are distinguished by several anatomical features, including:
- short legs and long toes to assist in climbing
- a head built to withstand repeated hammering
- a long, straight bill designed for chopping wood
- a long tongue with a barbed end to extract hidden prey
- nostrils covered with feathers to keep them free of wood debris.
100 color photographs capture the intriguing woodpeckers in their natural environments. Woodpeckers of North America is a handy, well-written reference covering the biology and environment of these fascinating birds.
An examination of the biology and environment of all 28 species of the North American woodpecker and featuring 100 color photographs that show it in its natural habitat.
This comprehensive guide to all 28 species of North American woodpeckers offers species profiles for extant and extinct species. Each entry includes a lovely photograph of the starring bird and information on identification, distribution, habitat, voice, feeding, breeding, migration and other important data. The text also discusses the place of the woodpecker in the ecosystem and in folklore and myths. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)