Tony Angell, ‘The Wood Hewer, AP 1/1’, 2017, Foster/White Gallery

Were a flicker's wing and tail feathers not stout and strong they would soon be worn down by the bird’s vigorous foraging over the rugged barks of fir and cedar. It is well known they keep the forest healthy by digging out the insect larvae that kill trees. What is not so fully appreciated is that their old nest cavities become essential roosting and brood rearing locations for a vast number of other birds and dens for small mammals. - Tony Angell

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About Tony Angell

American, b. 1940, based in Washington, United States

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