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Piciformes - Woodpeckers, Toucans, Puffbirds, Jacamars



 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Piciformes

Red-bellied woodpeckerThere are around 409 species in this order found in all parts of the world, except Australia. They range in size from 4-24 inches and come in a variety of colors and patterns.

They have zygodactyl feet. That means they have two toes facing frontwards and two toes facing backwards. This helps them climb tree trunks and move around in trees!

Many species nest in tree cavities and most species eat insects.

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  Bucconidae (puffbirds)
  Galbulidae (jacamars)
  Indicatoridae (honeyguides)
  Picidae (woodpeckers, flickers)
  Ramphastidae (toucans, barbets)