Tough Nut to Crack
The acorn woodpecker is a 3-ounce bird that apparently needs 300 pounds of acorns.
When a microwave antenna stopped working in Central California, technicians discovered 50 gallons of acorns inside. Acorn woodpeckers typically store nuts one at a time, and are known to store up to 50,000 acorns in a single cache.
After the acorns dropped out of the antenna, signal restored immediately. Techs replaced the cover with a new reinforced one to keep the woodpeckers out.
Believe It or Not!:
- Woodpeckers have barbed tongues for extracting insects from holes
- Woodpeckers have zygodactyl feet, meaning they have toes facing forwards and backwards so they can grip trees and poles while standing vertically
- Woodpeckers can’t sing, instead they drum to attract mates
- Woodpeckers can peck 20 times per second, and peck 8,000-12,000 times a day
- Woodpeckers have reinforced skeletons and cushioned brains