Scientific Classification
Family: Picidae

Woodpeckers come in a wide range of sizes – from 3 inches to 20 inches long
(not including their wingspan), and colors that include black or brown feathers
with different color (red, white, yellow, etc.) patches and/or spots.  However,
woodpeckers characteristically have sharp bills (beaks) that they use to peck
holes in tree trunks, and then extract their meals -- such as ants, beetles and
other insects -- with their tongue.
Woodpeckers live worldwide, with many types in North America. Woodpeckers
are closely related to piculets and wrynecks.
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