Can woodpeckers hear the bugs inside the wood?
Woodpeckers are among my favorite birds, they hit hardwoods and don’t get nuts! Seriously, if you think about it, it makes sense what I am saying.
They are just amazing:
- Their tail as a “third leg”, used for support
- They can hit the wood 10-16 times per second
- Their tongues are long, sometimes extending 10 inches
- Their tongues have a feathery tip to pull their food out
- And they have the ability to hear insects in the wood! YES! you read well.
How can they hear in the wood? Their long and powerful tongues are like a harpoons, have some nerve-endings called Herbst Corpuscules which can sense the sounds of the insects as they walk inside the wood.