You’d Never Guess What an Acorn Woodpecker Eats | Deep Look

by birtanpublished on August 29, 2020

Thanks to curiosity stream for supporting PBS Digital Studios these acorn shells are the scraps after a big feast the long one is from a coast live oak this round one's from a black oak and this fuzzy one is from a tan oak

These are the noisy dinars acorn woodpeckers cracking open and enjoying some acorns and here's their well-stocked pantry it's called a granary and it's where they store their acorn collection high up in these

Redwoods to protect it from Jay's squirrels and deer acorn woodpeckers are the only animals that store their acorns and carefully made holes in trees the birds drill a few new ones each year it took generations to make the thousands

Of holes in this granary their holes rarely hurt the trees they only born into the bark where there's no SAP that could rot the acorns that's why they also store them in dry dead trees keeping their pantry stocked takes a lot

Of work so acorn woodpeckers live in family groups four or five of them and something like a commune this adult male is showing Junior who's boss everyone works and the acorns belong to

All of them in spring that eight corn woodpeckers have their choice of food tasty insects oak flowers full of pollen sap that they suck out of shallow holes like these when those delicacies are gone in the winter they'll have acorns

They don't have much protein and they taste bitter but the birds can stock up on them if the coast live-oaks didn't make acorns that year the black Oaks might that's why acorn woodpeckers live where

There's more than one species of oak the birds need to keep their acorns snug in their holes so other animals can't pull them out so they tap the acorns to check if they're loose they'll look for a smaller hole maybe this one

this one is just right whoops once in a while they lose an acorn but that's okay a dropped acorn could sprout another oak for future generations

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