It is the smallest of the woodpeckers and often frequents our feeders. It is present all year round and nests in forests and wooded areas from May to August. The female lays 4 to 5 eggs, incubated by both parents for about 12 days. The chicks will make their first flight approximately 20 to 25 days after hatching.
The downy woodpecker consumes a significant amount of tree-damaging insects, but in return it uses dead trees for nesting, so don't cut them down and instead opt to cut them down to a height of 3 to 4 meters. He will dig a cavity there which can be reused by other species, such as the nuthatch or the titmouse. He will happily find pieces of sweet fruit that you hide in the bark of trees and he will love sunflower seeds, suet, peanuts and peanut butter.
City, countryside and forest.
ECOLOGICAL SERVICES OF THE SPECIES
Eater of harmful insects.
Can dig nests in trees 10 cm in diameter so it can be satisfied with various habitats. Height of the nest box 1.8 to 4 meters There must be trees. Deciduous and mixed forest.
FAVORITE PLANTS AND VEGETATIONS
Seed of different species of conifers. Cathartic buckthorn, crabapple or staghorn sumac.
_ Carry out maintenance every fall to avoid pests and diseases
_ Do not drive screws or drive nails directly into trees.