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Woodpecker Foraging in Appalachian Clearcuts

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In mixed oak stands in southwestern Virginia, downy and hairy woodpeckers (Dendrocopos pubescens and D. villosus) fed on insects located under the bark of the abundant logging debris left one year after clearcutting. Flickers (Colaptes auratus) fed on ants and fruits found on the ground in an area clearcut five years previously. A 12-year-old clearcut area was used only occasionally by all these birds. A mature, uneven-sized stand was used substantially by downy, hairy, and pileated (Dryocopus pileatus) woodpeckers but not by the common flicker. Alternative forest management practices are proposed to enhance forest habitats for woodpeckers.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal Research Wildlife Biologist, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, Blacksburg, Va.

Publication date: September 1, 1974

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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