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DOWNEY WOODPECKER - Species Profile
Woodpeckers seem compelled to enlarge entrances to nestboxes before using them! Downeys are the smallest woodpecker and you can attract them to your nestboxes and feeders. They are generally year round residents.
HABITATThe small Downey Woodpecker is quite territorial, and each couple defends a territory about 1/4 acre around the nest, but ranges over a much larger area.
NESTINGNESTBOX: 4x4"-5x5", 1.25 to 1.5" Hole
Adding an inch or 2 of woodchips in the bottom of the box makes your nestbox more attractive.
FOODIt's obvious that woodpeckers like insects...but they also like fruit and tree seeds, sunflower seed, corn, cornbread, peanut butter and suet.
WATERWater sources are important to all birds, especially during frozen winter spells and hot dry summer days. Best placed in the open, with nearby branches for convenient lookouts will invite birds to your water features.
COVERNatural landscaping of encourages these woodland birds. "Wood" is their middle name for a reason! Mature trees are favorites, but young trees also provide insects and cover.
INTERESTING TIDBITSA layer of woodchips helps keep the eggs from rolling around the next, and may help keep the eggs warm since they partially bury their eggs in the chips.
Leaving deadwood (as long as it doesnt endanger anyone) in your trees will encourage woodpeckers to visit your backyard. The snags attract insects and provide soft wood in which the woodpecker can excavate their nest holes. And these holes are used by a wide variety of native birds.
"Drumming" is a signal of territorial ownership or mating call -- or to communicate whereabouts to a mate. Loud, rapid volleys on resonant surfaces such as hollow trees or house drainpipes are favorite "drums".
4x4" or 5x5" nestboxes house the following cavity nesters. Species-specific predator guards provide additional protection from predators.
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