Body length: approx 2.3 cm, wingspan: approx 15 cm
Approx. 110 g
Estimated at fewer than 100 breeding pairs
Endemic to okinawa islands, where it is found solely in the Yanbaru forests
The few get fewer. One of the world's rarest woodpeckers, the Okinawa woodpecker can be found only in dense, undisturbed forest north of its namesake island. Searching out very rotten wood, it excavates deep to uncover wood-boring insects. Females stick primarily to the trees for foraging, while males also go to the ground to feast on other insects, berries and seeds. But venturing down brings the woodpecker into the path of feral cats and mongooses. facing such deadly predators and deforestation as well, this rear is becoming rarer still.