April 13, 2015 – Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)

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These woodpeckers are found in oak and mixed oak and conifer forests from the Southwest and West Coast of the United States into Mexico and Central America. They eat mostly invertebrates and acorns, along with some fruit, sap, nectar, grass seeds, lizards, and eggs. Known for their habit of storing acorns and nuts in trees, they make holes in dead tree limbs, wedging acorns tightly into each hole. These trees, known as “granaries” can hold as many as 50,000 acorns. These birds have a complicated social structure, guarding their territories and raising chicks in groups made up of several males and females.