How to Attract Downy Woodpecker
BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY.
Description: The smallest and most common of North American Woodpeckers, the Downy happens to be one of the easiest to attract. Suet is at the top of the Downy Woodpecker’s menu but it will also eat Sunflower Seed and Peanut. Wild sources of food include beetle larvae and caterpillars (an insect-friendly yard is key to attracting Downy Woodpecker). For nesting it creates a cavity in dead trees but may use a nesting box if built to the correct specifications. The Downy doesn’t commonly use birdbaths but may occasionally take a drink from one.
Small-sized woodpecker (smaller than similar-looking Hairy Woodpecker)
Male: checkered black/white, red spot on back of head
Female: checkered black/white, no spot on back of head
Deciduous Forest/Forest Edge
Backyards with Trees
Mainly Insects (especially Caterpillars, Beetle Larvae, Ants)
Some Seeds, Grains, Berries, Bird Feed (especially in winter)
Cavity in Dead Trees
Will use Nesting Box