Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker
Melanerpes formicivorus

Acorn woodpeckers are common in the Bay Area wherever oak trees are found. They use their sharp bills to drill holes in trees, where they store their favorite food—acorns. A family of acorn woodpeckers may use a single tree to store all of its acorns, sometimes as many as 50,000 per tree!

Woodpeckers’ specialized feet with two toes up and two down—called zygodactylus—help them climb up and down trees.

We have one acorn woodpecker.

Woody was found injured as a young bird in 1994 in Stockton, California and taken to a wildlife hospital for treatment. Although he eventually healed from his injuries, he became habituated to people and could not be released. He has lived at Lindsay Wildlife since 1995. Woody is the oldest living woodpecker in the world! And he is believed to be the oldest captive woodpecker ever recorded.

He lives off-exhibit and is very popular in school tours, classes, and exhibit hall presentations.