The Red-cockaded Woodpecker is a relative of the woodpecker. It uses its beak to open holes in trees to build nests. Unfortunately, their number has dropped due to deforestation.
Body length: 22 cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Red-cockaded Woodpecker lives in the forests in the southeastern part of the United States of America.
Their primary diet consists of insects like wood-boring beetles, ants, and moths. They also eat tree seeds and fruits.
The Red-cockaded Woodpecker lives in groups, called clans. The members of the clan cooperate with each other, incubating eggs and raising little chicks.
The forest's expert carpenter!?
The Red-cockaded Woodpecker is a relative of the woodpecker that lives in the southeastern part of the United States of America. Just like other woodpeckers, the Red-cockaded Woodpecker also uses its beak to open holes in trees to build its nest. When the Red-cockaded Woodpecker no longer needs the hole, it moves on and lets other animals use it. By leaving their former homes to other animals, the Red-cockaded Woodpecker serves as the forest's carpenter.
No more trees to build their nests in!
Unfortunately, deforestation continually robs the Red-cockaded Woodpecker of its habitat. People come and take lumber and build farms. Many woodpeckers are content with building their nests in dead trees, but the Red-cockaded Woodpecker likes to build its home in large trees aged over 100 years old. The loss of these large trees has made the Red-cockaded Woodpecker homeless, pushing them to the brink of extinction.
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