How to Attract Woodpeckers


Woodpeckers are found across North America in dense and sparsely wooded areas as well as suburban yards with trees.

Wild Birds Unlimited Tail-prop Suet Feeder

Recommended Foods

Though woodpeckers spend a majority of their time looking for natural food sources like beetle larvae, spiders, ants and other insects, you can attract these tough-beaked birds to your feeding station with the right mix of fat and protein-rich foods.

Wild Birds Unlimited Suets and No-melt Doughs are high-energy, high-fat substances that woodpeckers enjoy, especially when it’s difficult to find insects. We offer a variety of flavors that will suit your woodpeckers’ tastes.

Peanuts are the single best source for protein and fat and are great for attracting woodpeckers to your feeding station.

Jim’s Birdacious® Bark Butter® is a peanut butter based, spreadable suet that is the perfect blend of protein and fat. It supplements woodpeckers’ diets and brings them closer for you to enjoy.

Wild Birds Unlimited Tail-prop Suet Feeder

Recommended Feeders

To attract the most woodpeckers to your yard, we recommend our EcoTough® Tail Prop Suet Feeder. It allows woodpeckers to naturally feed while propping their tail for support. They can access either side of the feeder, and it is easy to fill and clean.

Our Mesh Peanut Feeder attracts woodpeckers and other clinging birds. They can land and pull peanuts from any side of the feeder. It is easy to fill and clean, and it comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Jim’s Birdacious Bark Butter Feeders allow woodpeckers to comfortably cling while feeding. Placing Bark Butter near the top of the feeder also allows other birds to land on the top of the feeder and reach down to eat.