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

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