Acorn Woodpecker ~ Male by Kimberly Chadwick

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In larger view you will see that I have managed (luck of the shutter) to capture his tongue! If you read anything from this page, this information was about the coolest thing I have yet to come across!!
Interesting Fact from

It is while grub-hunting that the incredible capabilities of the woodpecker tongue really come into play. Galleries formed in trees by wood-boring beetle larvae are often quite extensive. Located just beneath the outer layer of wood, these shallow tunnels can stretch up and down the trunk for several inches—even feet—depending on the insect species. When the woodpecker’s bill breaches an insect gallery, it extends its tongue and probes around. If it locates grubs, the woodpecker skewers the prey with its tongue, the tip of which is hard and sharply pointed. After the tip penetrates the soft body of a larval insect, tiny rear-facing barbs grab hold as the woodpecker withdraws its tongue with the succulent food item impaled thereon

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker is named for its habit of storing acorns by drilling holes in trees, buildings, or telephone poles to use as granaries. It also often flycatches from trees like Red-headed Woodpeckers.

This species inhabits oak and mixed forest, often in foothills or mountains, living in groups of up to 16 birds (at least one breeding pair plus earlier offspring). Birds may wander from their territories during years of low acorn production.

VOICE A strident, nasal WECK-ah, repeated; also a nasal, trilling fuss.


  • A group of acorn woodpeckers are collectively known as a “bushel” of woodpeckers.
  • Acorns seem to be emergency provisions; on mild winter days these birds catch flying insects.
  • Breeding groups may contain as many as 7 male breeders and 3 females. All breeding males can mate with any and all of the female breeders of the group.
  • The Acorn Woodpecker stores nuts in individually drilled holes in trees called granaries. The acorns are jammed in so tight that even squirrels can’t pry them out. Some of these granary trees have up to 50,000 holes drilled by extended woodpecker families.



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  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 3 years ago

    Terrific capture Kimberly, the details and lighting are spot on !…Tony

  • Thank you Tony, did you catch the tongue info? Super weird…lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 3 years ago

    Great capture Kimberly! :)

    Gabe :)

  • Thank you Gabe. Did you read the tongue info? Strange stuff there…lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Michele Conner
    Michele Connerover 3 years ago

    Beautiful woodpecker! I have never seen one of these.

  • This is the closest I have gotten to one, lucky day for me. I thank you very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    Beautiful catch, Kimberly! I love the intriguing behavior of these well-adapted creatures.

  • The tongue is the coolest and weirdest thing I have learn as of Thank you Sheila!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • kellbellrauch
    kellbellrauchover 3 years ago

  • Kelly! thank you so much for this feature, I appreciate the recognition!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Congrats on your feature of this lovely capture !

  • Thank you Trish, very much Ma’am!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • leapdaybride
    leapdaybrideover 3 years ago

    excellent capture! congrats :)

  • Thank you darlin, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kyle Wolff
    Kyle Wolffover 3 years ago

    Spectacular capture of this, Acorn Woodpecker!

    Such a crisp and clear shot!

    Very nice work!

  • Thank you Kyle!! I appreciate your support on my FB page as well as here on RB!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 3 years ago

    Fantastic image, love the texture on the tree trunk, too. I have 6 of these guys at my feeder and they are so entertaining! Dee

  • Thank you Diane. The information on the tongue still takes me as weird and amazing…lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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