Woodpeckers and Toucans
Woodpeckers and Relatives
Woodpeckers and their relatives are a group of arboreal insectivorous birds that include close to 400 species. This profile explores basic facts about woodpeckers and their relatives including how they are classified, what they eat, where they live and the characteristics that make them different from other bird groups.
The Elusive Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
On the afternoon of February 11, 2004, a lone kayaker paddling the bayous of the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas spotted something out-of-the-ordinary. The kayaker, naturalist Gene Sparling, caught a glimpse of a large, red-crested woodpecker flying towards him.