Drawing of various species of woodpeckers and related species. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. All illustrations are available in both line art and full color. In the gallery is the Acorn Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker and Red-Bellied Woodpecker. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. All illustrations are available in both line art and full color. High quality prints made on acid-free archival paper are available of all drawings in the gallery. Signed prints made on acid-free archival paper are available of all drawings in the gallery. If you do not see the woodpecker you're looking for please contact the artist to make a suggestion. Custom illustrations of specific birds can be ordered as well. For more information and pricing please call 1 (800) 913-7906 or send an email to the artist. All drawings shown are available in both B&W line art versions and color
The images are also available for stock art illustration.
Woodpeckers are great. They're so much fun to draw. I recall occasionally seeing the impressive Pileated Woodpecker while camping in northern Minnesota. Most neighborhoods I've lived in have had their share of woodpecker residents. So it was only natural I would add some of these animals to the image library. The basis for the Pileated Woodpecker, strangely enough, was originally going to come from a photo by noted naturalist Laura Erickson - who wrote '101 Ways to Help Birds.' In fact I had contacted her, finding the images on the web, asking her for permissions without knowing that the illustration was going to appear in her book (I had been working with the publisher exclusively up to this point.) After many years, I've only been able to add a few of these birds, but am planning to add more soon. If you'd like to see a particular species of woodpecker (or related bird) please send me an email.
Woodpeckers, piculets and wrynecks are a family of near-passerine birds called Picidae. Members of this family are found throughout the world (except for Australia and New Zealand, Madagascar, and the frigid regions the the remote poles.) Most of these birds inhabit in forests or woodland areas, although some species can be found in areas with few or no trees, like rocky hillsides and arid deserts. There are about 300 species in this family, with 30 different genus. The name comes from the obvious behavior the bird has when it uses its sharp and powerful bill to drill into trees (usually dead ones) looking for insects and other food. One curious species - the Acorn Woodpecker - will live communally with other individuals, and near a large tree where they will drill holes into it, and place acorns. These trees can become imbedded with hundreds or even thousands of acorns. Woodpeckers are hardy birds that can live in nearly any environment, including urban areas and cities, provided there are enough trees to provide cover and ample hunting grounds. The smallest woodpecker is the Bar-breasted Piculet of South America being only 3.25 inches long (8 cm). The largest woodpecker was the Imperial Woodpecker found in Mexico but perhaps is extinct in the wild - which would average of 23 inches (58 cm) long. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is the one of the most famous woodpeckers, as it was declared by science to be extinct, but unconfirmed reports have claimed to have seen or heard the bird in the swamps of the southern United States.