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Vulnerable (VU)

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Biology

Very little has been reported on the biology of the helmeted woodpecker, but it is known to forage primarily in the middle storey and nest from September through to October (2). Like all woodpeckers, insects probably form a large component of the helmeted woodpecker's diet (3) (4). The highly extendable and slightly barbed tongue of the woodpecker is coated with a sticky secretion that aids in catching insect prey (4).

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