Monday, February 2, 2009

#5 - Scissor-tailed Flycatcher vs. #12 - Red-headed Woodpecker

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

  • In the late summer, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers form large premigratory groups of up to 1000 individuals.
  • In some years, nearly half of all nest failures are the result of high winds and thunderstorms.

  • A study found that individuals that nest in urban areas of Texas use up to 30% artificial materials in their nests.

  • Scissor-tailed Flycatchers hunt by waiting on a perch and then flying out to catch insects. This is called hawking.

  • Scissor-tailed Flycatchers are very aggressive when protecting their nest, just like other kingbirds.

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Red-headed Woodpecker

  • The Red-headed Woodpecker is one of only 4 woodpeckers that is knows to store food. It is the only one that has also be observed covering that food with wood or bark. they regularly store Grasshoppers alive but they wedge them tightly into places that they cannot escape from.

  • Red-headed Woodpeckers are very aggressive in their nesting area, even destroying the nests of other woodpeckers.

  • Recent tree diseases have created great nesting habitat for this species.

  • The cartoon character, Woody Woodpecker, is roughly based on a Red-headed Woodpecker.

  • The U.S Postal service featured a Red-headed Woodpecker on a 2-cent stamp in 1996.

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