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What's Going on Inside Woodpeckers' Brains?

The downy woodpecker drums in a series of rapid-fire staccatos. It’s not unlike a whirring drill bit that just happens to be feathered and perched on a branch. The featherweight bird—North America's slightest woodpecker, measuring less than seven inches and weighing less than one ounce—rams against unyielding surfaces over and over, colliding at a force of more than 1,400 g's.
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