The woodpecker is a bird famous for tapping and drumming on trees as well as for the beautiful patterns and brilliant colors on its body. They belong to Picidae family, and there are more than 180 different species of woodpecker are present all around the world. They can be seen in forests and those areas having an excessive quantity of trees. However, few species can also live in deserts and hilly areas. Among 180 plus different species of woodpecker, the famously known woodpeckers are flickers and sapsuckers. They have many similarities with songbirds in terms of appearance, but scientists have still classified them as different for various reasons.
Appearance and Size
The appearance of woodpeckers can be defined regarding their color, beak, feet, and tail. The most distinguishing feature of woodpecker is their vibrant color patterns. They usually have a beautiful pattern of snowy white and black color on their feathers along with the pieces of red or yellow color on their head mainly and also on their breast. These dotted and lined color patterns help them in hiding from their predators and camouflage themselves in the forest environment. Few woodpeckers may also depict different color patterns like chestnut, green-black, gray and red color pattern.