About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Old World Woodpecker uses Unique drilling Technique

Image from Super Punch, via A London Salmagundi
The Eurasian Wryneck, Jynx torquilla, is a weird kind of woodpecker. Instead of pecking, it drills into the tree head-on. Once it has bored a sufficient nest hole, the bird twists his head to sand-out the inside with his uniquely designed head feathers.

Dremel, a company known for their power tools, actually designed their most popular rotary tool after watching this bird cut, grind, sand, carve and polish a variety of materials.

Source: Wild Birds Unlimited mid-Michigan April Fool's Joke

The time lapse photograph (above) shows the Eurasian Wryneck, shaking his head, not really drilling into the wood. Happy April 1st!


Follow the link to read the real story:
http://lansingwbu.blogspot.com/2013/04/remarkable-jinx-bird-has-moves-of-snake.html

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