Definition of woodpecker
: any of numerous birds (family Picidae) with zygodactyl feet, stiff spiny tail feathers used in climbing or resting on tree trunks, a usually extensible tongue, a very hard bill used to drill the bark or wood of trees for insect food or to excavate nesting cavities, and generally showy parti-colored plumage
Recent Examples of woodpecker from the Web
The tree was decaying and had holes around its trunk from woodpeckers, states the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
Increased woodpecker activity is one sign of emerald ash borer, Marc Shippee, Blaine’s city forester.
Among the usual feathered riff-raff, this morning’s visitors included a pileated woodpecker — only our second (known) visit from this handsome bird.
A family of woodpeckers have made their home in a rotted tree.
Woodpeckers, warblers and scores of other birds sing, their sounds stitched together into a never-ending avian orchestra.
An officer responding to a report found a stunned red-bellied woodpecker on an entrance ramp to a building.
A clear image of the bird is what ornithologists and bird-watchers are all hoping to get to prove the woodpecker’s existence, but Collins is doubtful that will ever happen given a number of factors.
Oaks produce acorns, an important food source for California scrub jays and woodpeckers.
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First Known Use of woodpecker
WOODPECKER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of woodpecker for English Language Learners
: a bird that has a very hard beak which it uses to make holes in trees to get insects for food
WOODPECKER Defined for Kids
Definition of woodpecker for Students
: a bird that climbs trees and drills holes in them with its bill in search of insects
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