Lewis's Woodpecker, Melanerpes Lewis
Diet of the Lewis's woodpecker
The majority of the Lewis's woodpeckers diet consists of insects. They hawk and glean insects in oak woodlands and coniferous forests. The Lewis's woodpecker also eats fruits, nuts, and seeds. The Lewis's woodpecker also stores acorns and may compete with Acorn woodpeckers for their stashes.
Niche filled by the Lewis's Woodpecker
The Lewis's Woodpecker is the most migratory of the woodpeckers in California.
The Lewis's woodpecker will also forage on or near the ground in search of berries and insects
How to attract the Lewis's Woodpecker
Lewis's woodpecker needs a good source of acorns and insects. This can be archived by planting some well chosen trees. The cottonwood tree grows quickly and harbors many insects for the woodpeckers to glean. For a source of acorns a good choice is the Valley oak it is a large deciduous oak that grows rapidly. Also do not remove dead wood as it is necessary for nesting.
Migratory status of the Lewis's woodpecker
The Lewis's woodpecker is highly migratory often flocking in large groups in search of more plentiful sources of food.
Range of the Lewis's woodpecker
The Lewis's woodpecker is found throughout most of California except the deserts. It spends the summer in the coast ranges and the north eastern part of California. In the winter the Lewis's woodpecker goes in search of acorns moving into the central valley and coastal ranges
Habitat/plant community used by the Lewis's woodpecker
Reproduction of the Lewis's woodpecker
The Lewis's woodpecker nests in snags in riparian plant species as well as oaks and conifers.
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