Flicker Bird House Plans

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Flicker House Plans

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Flicker Bird House

   The flickers spend much of their time on the ground in search of ants which form the larger percentage of their food. Since ants sometimes cause considerable trouble for other birds, a pair of flickers are worth cultivating for the sake of the work they can do. Artificial nesting boxes of sufficient depth and size are quite readily used.

    According to the Audubon guide, "flickers are the only woodpeckers that frequently feed on the ground", probing with their bill, also sometimes catching insects in flight. Although they eat fruits, berries, seeds and nuts, their primary food is insects. Ants alone can make up 45% of their diet. They have a behavior called anting, during which they use the acid from the ants to assist in preening, as it is useful in keeping them free of parasites.

Dimensions of nesting boxes for a Flicker:


Floor of cavity

Depth of cavity

Entrance above floor

Diameter of entrance

Height above ground








7 by 7

16 to 18



6 to 20

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