Woodpeckers use dumming as form of communication, study suggests

The drumming performed by woodpeckers on trees serves many purposes for the birds, including social communications, according to findings published in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. Researchers studied the drums of downy woodpeckers and found that the birds signal defense of their territory by coordinating their drumming. Drumming can also indicate the birds’ social order, researchers say.

ScientificAmerican.com (4/20)

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