Great Spotted Woodpecker


Great Spotted Woodpecker

The Great Spotted Woodpecker is the most common and widespread of the three British woodpeckers. The size of a blackbird this distinctive black & white bird is most common in England & Wales, & is not found in Ireland or far north & south Scotland.


Identification

Juvenile
The juvenile bird have a red top crown.
Male
Has upperparts are black broken by white cheeks & white neck patch; & two bold white ovals on its back. Under parts are Buffy white & it has a red under tail. The male also has a red patch on its hind crown. Adult female - the female Great Spotted Woodpecker is the same as the male but without the red patch on the hind crown.
Size
22 - 24cm
Bill
Grey, long and thin
Legs
Grey & short
Habitat
Woods, gardens, hedges. Frequent garden visitor and proficient at feeding from garden bird feeders and tables.
Behaviour
Climbs, hangs, takes off & lands from vegetation.
Flight
Distinctive bouncing flight, undulating.
Voice
Loud tchack sound that carries a long way, spring drumming sound from spring display.

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Tree hollow.
Eggs
Lays 4- 7 eggs, white.
Incubation Period
16 days
Broods
1; May - June
Food
Insects & nuts.
UK Breeding Pairs
25,000 - 30,000

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