Years long continuous pecking; woodpecker breaks areca nut tree, destroys windows
Pandalam (Pathanamthitta): How harmful can a woodpecker be? Most of us might have seen woodpeckers pecking at wood without annoying anyone. But in a weird incident, a woodpecker destroyed the wooden window frame and windowpane of a house here and also an areca nut tree in the compound.
The woodpecker destroyed the window of Neythalloor Koyikkal house owned by Vijayakumaran. Situated at Kaippuzha in Kulanada, the house was built only 8 years ago. The woodpecker used to peck at the areca nut tree in the compound regularly. Later, it noticed the reflection on the windowpane and started pecking on the window too.
When the family left the house for a few days, the bird kept pecking at the window continuously and managed to destroy large portion of the window frame. Also the windowpane cracked in the impact. The householders painted the cracked portions, but the woodpecker did not withdraw. It continued attacking the window.
As the bird cannot stick to the window for a long time, it takes rest on the areca nut tree nearby. It did not even spare the tree and pecked on it while sitting on it. After years-long continuous effort, the areca nut tree happened to split at where the bird used to peck and broke into two.