Pileated Woodpecker Birdhouse

Build the pileated woodpecker birdhouse with cedar, pine or most any softwood. Choose wood stock that is rough-cut on both sides so birds can grip interior and exterior surfaces.

Make a 10″ by 10″ floor (inside dimensions) and a 24″ floor to ceiling height (inside front). Cut a 4″ diameter entrance hole located 21″ above the floor (to top of hole). Drill or cut ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

Pileated woodpecker birdhouse species dimensions.
Installing and maintaining boxes at heights can be dangerous. Anything that makes a chore less awkward increases safety. Attach a hinged roof for easy access to monitor and clean. Use shutter hooks to secure roof in closed position. Or make a fixed roof and side opening doors. That may be a more convenient, and a safer alternative.

Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware. Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces. Drill regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces. This reduces a tendency for wood to split. It also makes for easy assembly in minutes with a power or hand held screwdriver.

If full width wood stock is not available, use two 1″x 6″, or 1″x 8″ boards. They usually vary from 5 1/4″ to 5 1/2″ wide and 7 1/4″ to 7 1/2″ wide. Cut them to width and secure well. Reinforce with chamfer strips (inside) or batten strips (inside or outside) fastened perpendicular to vertical panels.

Plywood consists of glued, thin laminated panels. They are strong but prone to deterioration from moisture even when surfaces and edges are sealed with paint.

Extend the back wall panel beyond both top and bottom. Drill pilot holes in these long panels for mounting. Drill an extra mounting hole inside the box just under the roof. Stagger these holes so that all are not in line along a single wood grain. Holes in line with grain can weaken and cause wood to split.

View and print pileated woodpecker birdhouse plans.
For pileated woodpeckers, mount this box with the entrance hole facing south or east, 20 feet or higher on a tree in a forest, forest edge, or grove.

20′ high in a tree is a great height. Installations out of reach and further should be installed and maintained by professionals with the right equipment and experience: carpenters, electricians, line workers, etc.

Pileated Woodpeckers commonly excavate their own cavities. Fill this box full of wood chips for them to remove (not sawdust).

They rarely reuse the same tree cavity. Maintaining a pileated woodpecker nest box at great heights after being used would be a personal choice.

Kestrels, various owls and ducks, even squirrels may also use this nest box. To attract a variety of birds, see each species page.

Visit the pileated woodpecker species page.

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Pileated Woodpecker Birdhouse

A cedar birdhouse for pileated woodpeckers.
Build the pileated woodpecker birdhouse with cedar, pine or most any softwood. Choose wood stock that is rough-cut on both sides so birds can grip interior and exterior surfaces.

Make a 10″ by 10″ floor (inside dimensions) and a 24″ floor to ceiling height (inside front). Cut a 4″ diameter entrance hole located 21″ above the floor (to top of hole). Drill or cut ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

Secure a hinged roof in closed position with shutter hooks. Or make a fixed roof and Side Opening Doors.

Pileated woodpecker birdhouse species dimensions.
If full width wood stock is not available, use two 1″x 6″, or 1″x 8″ boards. They usually vary from 5 1/4″ to 5 1/2″ wide and 7 1/4″ to 7 1/2″ wide. Cut them to width and secure well. Reinforce with chamfer strips (inside) or batten strips (inside or outside) fastened perpendicular to vertical panels.

Plywood consists of glued, thin laminated panels. They are strong but prone to deterioration from moisture even when surfaces and edges are sealed with paint.

Installing and maintaining boxes at heights can be dangerous. Anything that makes a chore less awkward increases safety. Attach a hinged roof for easy access to monitor and clean. Use shutter hooks to secure roof in closed position. Or make a fixed roof and side opening doors. That may be a more convenient, and a safer alternative.

Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware. Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces. Drill regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces. This reduces a tendency for wood to split. It also makes for easy assembly in minutes with a power or hand held screwdriver.

Extend the back wall panel beyond both top and bottom. Drill pilot holes in these long panels for mounting. Drill an extra mounting hole inside the box just under the roof. Stagger these holes so that all are not in line along a single wood grain. Holes in line with grain can weaken and cause wood to split.

Print or just view the pileated woodpecker birdhouse plans.
For pileated woodpeckers, mount this box with the entrance hole facing south or east, 20 feet or higher on a tree in a forest, forest edge, or grove.

20′ high in a tree is a great height. Installations out of reach and further should be installed and maintained by professionals with the right equipment and experience: carpenters, electricians, line workers, etc.

Pileated Woodpeckers commonly excavate their own cavities. Fill this box full of wood chips (not sawdust).

They rarely reuse the same tree cavity. Maintaining a pileated woodpecker nest box at great heights after being used would be a personal choice.

Kestrels, various owls and ducks, even squirrels may also use this nest box. To attract a variety of birds, see each species page.

Visit the pileated woodpecker species page.
Visit the pileated woodpecker species page.

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