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Order Piciformes


The Piciformes include the woodpeckers and close relatives. There are roughly 400 species of Piciform. Most have zygodactyl feet (2 toes pointing forwards, 2 toes pointing backwards). The majority are insectivorous (although toucans eat fruit, and honeyguides eat beeswax). All Piciformes nest in cavites.


Author: Robert Davis
Last updated: 21/11/05

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