- any of numerous climbing birds of the family Picidae, having a hard, chisellike bill that it hammers repeatedly into wood in search of insects, stiff tail feathers to assist in climbing, and usually more or less boldly patterned plumage.
Origin of woodpecker
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But little better is the arrangement which the woodpecker calls a home.
No woodpecker can make his home in absolutely solid sapwood.
"He ought not to go without his supper," said the woodpecker.
A red stick was sent to each one, not forgetting the woodpecker and his family.
- any climbing bird of the family Picidae, typically having a brightly coloured plumage and strong chisel-like bill with which they bore into trees for insects: order Piciformes
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