Why do woodpeckers peck on wood?

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There are three main reasons that woodpeckers hammer on wood, the find food, to make nest cavities, and to make noise for attracting other woodpeckers or claiming a territory. Only some species of woodpeckers feed on sap such as the yellow bellied sapsucker. Most feed mainly on insects that they find in the tree wood. They will tap on trunks and branches and listen for the sounds of chewing grubs or hollow areas where insects live. Woodpeckers will drill into the wood and withdraw the beetle grubs with their long tongue.
Woodpeckers are cavity nesters and will excavate nest holes in dead and living trees. The holes they make are often used by other animals after the woodpeckers finish with them.
During the breeding season woodpeckers will drum on hollow trees to attract mates and to claim a territory.


Woodpeckers peck on wood because, by definition, anything called a "woodpecker" kind of has to.

Just kidding. Woodpeckers peck on wood because they eat tree sap and the little bugs and boogers they find inside the trees.

The woodpecker has a really interesting skeletal structure around the head and neck. This enables them to really drive that beak home. Those guys peck HARD, which is why you hear it so far away when a woodpecker is at work. They have to have a really tough noggin to make that happen without causing brain damage! Fascinating creature!


Woodpeckers peck on wood primarily for food. First of all, tree sap is often a major part of the woodpecker's diet. Thus, much of their drilling is for sap. However, they also he a wide variety of wood-boring insects and grubs, and their drilling allows them access to this food source.


Because they're called "woodpeckers," which is pretty cool considering that's what they do all day. I am a phlebotomist (a person who draws blood), so if everything was named like a woodpecker my name would be PaigeDrawsBlood.



How much wood would a wood chuck chuck,
if wood chuck could chuck wood?


God Created them to, but really woodpeckers peck on wood to get their dinner! :D


For grubs, bugs, and sap.


Why WOODn't they ?