Chestnut-colored Woodpecker

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Common Name: Chestnut-colored Woodpecker
Scientific Name: Celeus castaneus

Size: 8½ -9½ inches (21.5-24 cm)

Habitat: Central America; Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama. Found in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 20,000 - 49,999 mature individuals.

Diet: Insects and some seeds and berries

Nesting: Nests are constructed in tree cavities.

Cool Facts: Woodpeckers have zygodactyl feet (two toes pointing forward, two backwards). These feet are adapted for clinging to a vertical surface, but can be used for grasping or perching as well.

The woodpecker's tongue, which is often as long as the woodpecker itself, can be darted forward to capture insects. The tongue often ends in a barb so that the woodpecker skewers its prey and draws them out of the tree trunk. A woodpeckers’ tongue is not attached to the head in the same way as it is in most birds, but instead it curls back up around its skull, which allows it to be so long.

Woodpeckers also have extra tissue around their brains that acts as shock-absorbers to counter-act their hammering on wood.

Found in Songbird ReMix Yucatan

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