Any one of numerous species of scansorial birds belonging to Picus and many allied genera of the family Picidæ.
bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects
a very interesting bird
Any of the chisel-billed, wood boring birds of the family Picidæ. Well represented in the North Country by five year round resident species, the Pileated Woodpecker ( Dryocopus pileatus), Downy Woodpecker ( Picoides pubescens), Hairy Woodpecker ( Picoides villosus), Black Back Woodpecker ( Picoides arcticus), and Three Toed Woodpecker ( Picoides tridactylus), as well as two fair weather visitors, the Northern Flicker ( Colaptes auratus), and the Yellow Bellied Sapsucker ( Sphyrapicus varius). Variously méme, pakwéamo, papâsse, bigwakokweoweshi in the Ojibwe.
Woodpeckers are near passerine birds of the order Piciformes. They are found worldwide and include about 180 species (including the famous ivory-billed).