Hi everyone, welcome back! And today we have the male hairy woodpecker, to go with the female shown yesterday. Woodpeckers are fantastic birds and special in so many ways. How do they peck at trees without getting a headache? There head comes to a sudden stop, the deceleration force is equal to 1,200 g’s (some up to 6,000 g). A human would get a concussion, or serious brain injury at 300 g. One reason is the beak which is made of a special elastic like material. And if you look at the pic closely, the upper bill is longer than the lower. That upper bill changes shape slightly on impact, just before the lower bill (which is much stronger). This directs the force of impact downward, away from the brain. This transfers more than 99% of the impact force to the body and away from the brain. Tomorrow we will see more amazing facts, stay tuned! I hope your day is going well, and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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