|“||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.
|“||Semi-Spotted Snowpeckers were jumping all around them like fleas on a cow's back ...||”|
|— Book 4|
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.
In the Epilogue of Book 4, an elderly Hiccup describes himself.
|“||I am old and slow as a great sea turtle, and my hair is as white as a Semi-Spotted Snowpecker.||”|
|— Hiccup in Book 4|