- "He [Hiccup] was secretly on the side of the Semi-Spotted Snowpeckers, charming little birds that Hiccup often watched from his window"
- ―Book 4
Semi-Spotted Snowpeckers are a fictitious bird species appearing in the How to Train Your Dragon Book series.
Semi-Spotted Snowpeckers are a small flying bird active during the Winter months. Their population appears quite large and plentiful. Based on their name, Snowpeckers have some spotting on them. They appear to have a relatively long, straight beak, reminiscent of a woodpecker. In addition to flying and "flitting about like hummingbirds", they also move around on the ground and snow by hopping.
Winter appears to also be breeding season for Snowpeckers. The bird build a nest out of snow that look "like tiny igloos".
These fictitious birds are hunted extensively as a food source during the Winter in the Barbaric Archipelago. Preparation may be as simple as being roasted on a stick.
During a 'Hunting-With-Bows-and-Arrows-on-Skis' Excursion to Mount Villiany, the Viking Novices of the Hooligan Tribe must kill as many Semi-Spotted Snowpeckers as possible. This must be accomplished, however, while skiing down a mountain.
Snowpeckers are mentioned later as roasted treats for Vikings, eaten during the Freya'sday Fete festivities.
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