Piciformes – Woodpeckers & tucans
Did you know woodpeckers peck on wood as a form of non-vocal communication?
An order of arboreal or tree-living birds contains species like woodpeckers, piculets, wrynecks, puffbirds, barbets, jacamars, honeyguides, and toucans.
Birds belonging to Piciformes nest in cavities and have altricial young – which means the young are underdeveloped when born and rely on their parents for a long time until they mature. Barring a few, most birds belonging to this order eat insects.
Woodpeckers are well-known for their crested crowns, and toucans for their large colorful beaks.
Honeyguides, as the name suggests, are known to lead humans to bee colonies. After humans collect the honey, they feast on the beeswax and grubs left behind. A rare interaction between humans and birds!
Families in this order
Legs made to cling to trees, beaks made to drill into the trunk
This group is in between toucans and woodpackers
Some of the most iconic birds; symbols of the tropics
Medium-sized, mostly green-colored birds inhabiting the tropical Southeast Asia forest
Masters at annihilating the nests of bees with extreme efficiency
This group includes the chunkier versions of the barbets
Big & heavy barbets