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Downy Woodpecker

The Downy Woodpecker is the smallest woodpecker in North America. He's maybe 6 inches long. It would probably take him a decade or so to do any real damage to an apple tree.


I see I'm getting some referrers from a site called INSPIKS. If you came from there, you should know that there is nothing very mysterious about the evolution of woodpeckers. Googling on "evolution of woodpeckers" will find a lot of useful material from actual ornithologists and biologists. I like this little snippet: to start with, and there's also a nice discussion of the woodpecker's tongue at .


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Taken on March 6, 2010