Birds of Indian Subcontinent

Woodpecker Nesting Habitat in Cut and Uncut Woodlands in Virginia

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1975
Authors:Conner, RN, Hooper, RG, Crawford, HS, Mosby, HS
Journal:The Journal of Wildlife Management
Date Published:1975
ISBN Number:0022541X
Keywords:Colaptes, Colaptes auratus, Dendrocopos, Dendrocopos pubescens, Dryocopus, Dryocopus pileatus, Picidae, Picoides, Picoides pubescens, Picoides villosus
Abstract:In forest areas common flickers (Colaptes auratus) nested only in dead snags in 1- to 12-year-old clearcuts. Pileated woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus) nested in mature, dense stands with high basal area, and downy woodpeckers (Dendrocopos pubescens) nested in sparsely stocked stands with lower basal area. The hairy woodpecker (D. villosus) nested in stands intermediate to and overlapping the habitats selected by the pileated and downy woodpeckers. All nest cavities of the four species of woodpeckers were excavated in decayed wood of trees infected by fungal heart rots. Timber management may be detrimental to woodpeckers if all decayed trees are removed. Uncut filter strips along streams and roads appear to be of value as woodpecker nesting habitat.
Short Title:The Journal of Wildlife Management
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