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Do woodpeckers beak ever go dull?

Asked by shego (11083points) March 22nd, 2010 from iPhone

Well, there is a woodpecker pecking the tree outside my window, and it had me thinking, do their beaks go dull?

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CMaz's avatar

Think finger nail.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

I don’t really know the answer, but it’s sure a funny question. Food for thought.

missingbite's avatar

He is pecking to keep it sharp.

ucme's avatar

They have a piece of cartilage in their heads which acts as a shock absorber.They also have a barbed tongue which kinda helps.Their beaks are self sharpening.A wondrous little fella our Woody.

mrentropy's avatar

This reminds me of a joke my grandmother tried to tell me, but I’m not going to repeat here because I’ll get yelled at.

And I agree with @ucme ; they are self-sharpening. Or never go dull in the first place.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

@mrentropy Why would you get yelled at? You can’t just tease us with something like that & then not follow through. SPILL! ;-)

Seek's avatar

Totally not an answer, but a funny story anyway:

There was a (not too bright) woodpecker that would peck at my metal bedroom window-frame every morning, right about 6:30. I never needed an alarm clock to get ready for school. ^_^
We moved to another house, and a (homeschooled) friend of mine ended up with my bedroom when his family rented the house from my parents. Not one week after moving in, he comes up to me in church and says “What the heck is up with that idiotic woodpecker?”

jbfletcherfan's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Cute story. I love woodpeckers. They’re so pretty.

papasmurfxD's avatar

The only reason he’s pecking at the tree is to find bugs and food to eat. And yes their beaks are self sharpening.

erichw1504's avatar

More importantly: how much wood could a woodpecker peck if a woodpecker could peck wood?

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