Nest box Plan and Information
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Nesting RangeSource: Birds of the World
Attach Nest Box To
- Dead Tree
- Live tree
Known Nesting Period
Some Nesting Occurrence
Nesting in Most of Range
Nest Box Placement
Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, East, South
Nest Box Measurements
Width & Length:
- For Pileated Woodpeckers, modify this plan by using a 2" x 12" x 12' board, and make the floor section 8 1/4" long instead of 9 3/4" long.
- Pack box completely full of sawdust, tamped in, so that the woodpecker can excavate a nest cavity.
- Place the box in the interior of a mature hardwood forest.
- Pileated Woodpeckers do not have a long history of using nest boxes, but they may use a box that is located in forested areas which lack dead or dying trees >21" in diameter (in areas with short growing seasons, it can take more than 200 years for a tree to grow large enough for a Pileated Woodpecker to nest in it, although foraging trees may be available). Nest boxes can also be experimentally offered in areas where birds are nesting in utility poles.