Woodpecker wars are intense and even draw a crowd

Acorn woodpecker battles over prized territory are serious business.

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  • Acorn woodpeckers are highly socialized birds who are, let's say, unusual.
  • Small teams of acorn woodpeckers battle for days over coveted territory.
  • Up to 30 spectators attend the battles, leaving their own territories unattended to do so.
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