What do Woodpeckers eat?

Woodys Wood Repair Tricks and Tips

Woodys Wood Repair Tricks and Tips

Do Woodpeckers eat wood?

Believe it or not Woodpeckers do not eat the wood when they are “pecking” or excavating wood cavities. Woodpeckers burrow into trees and other wood for a few reasons. They are looking for food like insects, nuts, seeds and also digging a hole to build a nest in.

What do Woodpeckers eat?

There are many species of Woodpeckers and the exact foods preferred by each vary, but the most popular woodpecker foods include:


⦁ Insects: especially wood-boring insects, grubs, spiders, and ants, meal worms
⦁ Seeds: sunflower, sunflower chips, cracked corn,
⦁ Tree sap
⦁ Nuts
⦁ Berries and fruit, including juice from broken fruit
⦁ Flower nectar
⦁ Suet (Link to Suet feeders post)


Understanding a woodpecker’s diet can help homeowners provide the best woodpecker food at their feeders, and can help mitigate any damage to your home and landscape.

Here are some examples of Woodpeckers eating:

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Woodys Wood Repair Diet
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