Monday, November 1, 2010

Woodpeckers and allies

Order: Piciformes

Family: Picidae
Heart-spotted Woodpecker
Woodpeckers are small to medium sized birds with chisel like beaks, short legs, stiff tails and long tongues used for capturing insects. Some species have feet with two toes pointing forward, and two backward, while several species have only three toes. Many woodpeckers have the habit of tapping noisily on tree trunks with their beaks. There are 218 species worldwide and 18 species which occur in Bangladesh.

Heart-spotted Woodpecker

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