Know your woodpeckers
This family is spread across the entire planet and comes in all shapes and all sizes
Both Eurasian and American three-toed woodpeckers benefit from disaster. They follow forest fires and floods to seek out insects taking refuge from danger, finding success in picking off panicked prey.
Possibly the rarest member of the family, this bird was first collected in 1926 and wasn’t seen again for 80 years. It was captured by accident in 2006 and has been seen several times in highly localised areas since.
As this species lives on the forest floor, one bird keeps a look out for predators while its companion feeds. It is relieved ten minutes later so it can have its turn on the ground sweeping through leaves looking for ants.
This North American woodpecker catches flying insects on the wing, but two-thirds of it diet is herbivorous. They seek out fruit, seeds and grains wherever possible but will eat other birds’ eggs if there’s nothing else.