Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens
Diet of the Downy woodpecker
They glean ants and beetles from the
bark of tees. They also eat fruits, seeds, nuts and cambium. The Downey
woodpecker also forages in shrubs.
Migratory status of the Downy
The Downy woodpecker does not migrate, but it
may move upslope in the Sierras during the summer.
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The Downy woodpecker will forage lower to the
ground than most woodpeckers. It can be found in shrubs. Males and
females do not compete directly for food by using different foraging
behaviors. Females generally pry off bark and glean for insects whereas
the males will drill deeper into the wood for insects.
Range of the Downy woodpecker
The Downy woodpecker is found throughout the
continental United States and Canada. It is absent from the desert
areas in the Southwestern United states.
Reproduction of the Downy woodpecker
Try to dissuade European starlings
from interring your garden. They will kick out other bird species from
the nest cavities built by woodpeckers. They are quite aggressive. They
have been known to wait around until the woodpecker has completed
excavation of its nest cavity and then a group of them will gang up on
the woodpecker and kick it out of its own nest. One woman said she
plunged the cavities early in the breading season when the starlings
were looking for nests and then unplugged them after the starlings had
moved on. I would not advise this as it evolves climbing in trees and
getting squawked at a lot by irritated wildlife.