How Can You Attract a Pileated Woodpecker?

How Can You Attract a Pileated Woodpecker?

The pileated woodpecker is a large, vibrantly colored woodpecker, noticeable by his stark black-and-white coloring and brilliant red crest. To attract the pileated woodpecker into your yard, you must live within his habitat, have large trees, old trees or fallen logs, and plenty of food and water. Also, you need bird food, a bird feeder and a bird bath.

  1. Determine whether you live within his habitat

    The pileated woodpecker's habitat is primarily in forested areas. This species ranges from the boreal region of northern California to Central Canada and from Minnesota and Iowa through the eastern United States. The pileated woodpecker avoids the prairie.

  2. Have suitable trees

    The pileated woodpecker is attracted by both large trees and old trees. In fact, leave any fallen logs or dead trees in place so that he can forage.

  3. Put up a bird feeder

    Birds are attracted to those places where food is easy to find. Put in a natural bird feeder that resembles a dead tree where the woodpecker generally finds food. Then fill the feeder with suet or bird food.

  4. Install a bird bath

    Install a bird bath close the bird feeder. This gives him a source of water close to a food source. It also offers him a place to bathe.