I watch red bellied woodpeckers at my feeder, and in the woods working away at a tree, & wonder how much damage their brain suffers with all that banging? Sometimes when I am having a bad day, I try to remind myself that things could be worse- I could be a woodpecker banging my head against a tree, or I could be a red tailed hawk sitting in a tree at the edge of a field in a snowstorm- Bill K
We occasionally see woodpeckers in our yard, including the Red-bellied Woodpecer.
Click on the above link for a great profile of the bird from our local Wild Birds Unlimited Store.
They can peck about 15 times in a single second and that adds up to 12,000 pecks a day.
Do they get brain damage? The post answers that.