Downy Woodpecker

How is a Downy Woodpecker like a tripod and a fish-hook?

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Stiff tail feathers help to brace this bird as it clings to a tree, and a long barbed tongue helps it to pull insects from tiny places. This species is the smallest of North American woodpeckers.

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More than one is known as a “descent”, “drumming”, or “gatling” of woodpeckers.

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