Woodpeckers peck trees to search for food and to create nesting sites, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They also peck in rapid succession or drum on resonating metal or wood surfaces to establish their territory and to attract mates.Continue Reading
These birds often peck on the wooden siding of buildings because it usually contains wood-boring insect larvae. This is especially true for cedar and redwood siding. They typically drill five or six 1/2-inch holes into siding to get to the insects, which is a behavior that causes a great deal of property damage. The holes are usually in a straight, horizontal line. Some woodpeckers prefer to eat native berries, fruit, nuts and seeds, while sapsuckers feed on the sap of trees in addition to insects.
The drumming that woodpeckers engage in occurs a number of times during the day in the spring. It is important for them to establish their territory because they typically live in the same area year-round. It is difficult to drive them away from their territory once they are established. Woodpeckers live at the edge of wooded areas. When it is time for the birds to reproduce, they build their nests in cavities or holes inside of wooden fence posts, utility poles and buildings, and they typically lay four to eight eggs each time.Learn more about Birds
Attract bluebirds to the yard by supplying them with the specific food, water, shelter and nesting sites they need. Grassy areas of the yard must also be kept trimmed so the birds can find insects and worms easily.Full Answer >
Most of the world's woodpeckers do not migrate, but they occasionally have irruptions and expand out into new territory. One of the few woodpecker species in the world that truly migrates is the Eurasian wryneck. In the northern areas of the Midwestern United States, the red-headed woodpecker migrates partially.Full Answer >
The 215 species of woodpeckers, which are native to all continents except Antarctica and Australia, peck at up to 20 times per second. These birds peck and drum to get at food, store food, make nests, establish territory and attract mates.Full Answer >
Bluebirds build their nests in nest boxes or in tree cavities that have been abandoned by woodpeckers or other animals. The bird's bill is too weak to excavate a nest cavity for itself.Full Answer >