The sound of pounding away on a tree outside your house can drive you to get rid of woodpeckers. Their presence is unmistakable and they can peck for hours and hours without stop.
Woodpeckers have short legs with two sharp-clawed, backward-pointed toes and stiff tail feathers, which serve as a supportive prop. They primarily feed on tree-living or wood-boring insects using their strong beak and long tongue to dislodge food.
Some members of the Woodpecker family (Flickers) feed on insects off the ground, while others prefer native berries, fruit and nuts. They particularly like to peck on trees, especially dead trees, branches, and bark where there are insects.