woodpecker

noun
wood·​peck·​er | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌpe-kər How to pronounce woodpecker (audio) \

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Highlights featured a red-headed woodpecker at Sibley Farm in Spencer and four sandhill cranes and a green heron at the Bolton Flats. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings from Mass Audubon," 17 Apr. 2021 Minnesotans never used to see this species at all, but in the early 1900s this Southern woodpecker began to expand its range, and they're now found year-round in much of Minnesota. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Warm winter brings Carolina wren, an unusual visitor to Minnesota," 6 Apr. 2021 Notable reports featured two sandhill cranes and two short-eared owls at the Bolton Flats in Bolton, along with a red-headed woodpecker at Sibley Farm in Spencer. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings from Mass Audubon," 10 Apr. 2021 In an ideal world, bluebirds would go for a natural choice, like old woodpecker holes. Cori Brown, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Cori Brown: Spring cleaning is really for the birds | OUTDOORS COMMENTARY," 27 Mar. 2021 The woodpecker crisis impacted other major bases too, including nearby Camp Lejeune as well as Fort Benning in Georgia and Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "How the U.S. Military Helped Bring an Endangered Woodpecker Back from the Brink," 3 Mar. 2021 The spring scavenger hunt page in Sunday editions included photos of two birds not found in the United States, a Eurasian robin and a great spotted woodpecker. oregonlive, "Newspaper corrections for March 17, 2021," 16 Mar. 2021 In this case, the woodpecker and longleaf pine trees are inextricably entwined. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "How the U.S. Military Helped Bring an Endangered Woodpecker Back from the Brink," 3 Mar. 2021 The woods are quiet, but for the drilling of a woodpecker. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, "The Puppy Chronicles: Long winter walks with Angus are filled with peace and hooting owls," 29 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of woodpecker

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

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“Woodpecker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodpecker. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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woodpecker

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English Language Learners Definition of woodpecker

: a bird that has a very hard beak which it uses to make holes in trees to get insects for food

woodpecker

noun
wood·​peck·​er | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌpe-kər How to pronounce woodpecker (audio) \

Kids Definition of woodpecker

: a bird that climbs trees and drills holes in them with its bill in search of insects

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