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Local animals in this group:

woodpeckers and relatives


There are over 400 species in this order of birds, found all over the world except Australia. The species in this order range from the very small honeyguides of Africa to the large and colorful toucans of Central and South America. The most familiar birds in this order are the woodpeckers . All of these birds share an unusual characteristic: two of their four toes face forward, while two face backward.

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