Woodpecker Foraging in Appalachian Clearcuts
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.
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Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Principal Research Wildlife Biologist, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, Blacksburg, Va.
Publication date: 1974-09-01
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