Jeff Wendorff's bird photography portfolio of woodpeckers from the family, Picidae. Woodpecker Wiki
are part of the family Picidae, a group of near-passerine birds that also consist of piculets, wrynecks, and sapsuckers. Members of this family are found worldwide, except for Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand, Madagascar, and the extreme polar regions. Most species live in forests or woodland habitats, although a few species are known that live in treeless areas, such as rocky hillsides and deserts, and the Gila woodpecker specialises in exploiting cacti.
The Picidae are just one of eight living families in the order Piciformes. Other members of Piciformes, such as the jacamars, puffbirds, barbets, toucans, and honeyguides, have traditionally been thought to be closely related to the woodpeckers, piculets, wrynecks, and sapsuckers. More recently, DNA sequence analyses have confirmed this view.
There are about 200 species and about 30 genera in this family. Woodpecker Species PhotographedDowny Woodpecker, Picolides pubescens
Eastern Grey Woodpecker, Dendropicos spodocephalus
Gila Woodpecker, Melanerpes uropygialis
Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Melanerpes aurifrons
Hairy Woodpecker, Picoides villosus
Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Picoides scalaris
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Nubian Woodpecker, Campethera nubica
Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus
Red-crowned Woodpecker, Melanerpes rubricaillus
Red-headed Woodpecker, Melanerpes erythrocephala Collective Noun - WoodpeckersThe collective nouns for woodpeckers include descent, descension, drumming, fall, and a gatling. Love gatling! A group of Pileated Woodpeckers are called a crown. The collective noun for flickers include guttering, menorah, Peterson. Hunh, Peterson? Photography Workshops and ToursThe best way to improve your photography is to take a photography workshop form a professional instructor. As it happens, I am such a person and you can find my workshops and tours at Wildlife Workshops. Check it out, you will be AMAZED!