Acorn Woodpeckers (Melanerpes formicivorus) inhabit Ponderosa Pine/Oak forest in the Western US. They eat many insects and nuts, but show a particular fondness for ants (the name means ant-eater) and acorns. This sample is of a pair talking to one another while foraging around a tall Pine in Big Sur State Park, California.
To cite this page:
Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2013. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed at http://animaldiversity.org.
The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students. ADW doesn't cover all species in the world, nor does it include all the latest scientific information about organisms we describe. Though we edit our accounts for accuracy, we cannot guarantee all information in those accounts. While ADW staff and contributors provide references to books and websites that we believe are reputable, we cannot necessarily endorse the contents of references beyond our control.