Green Woodpecker


Green Woodpecker

The Green Woodpecker is the largest of the three woodpeckers that breed in the UK. Widespread resident of the UK except for the far north & west of Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Identification

Juvenile
The juvenile has heavily black barred face & under parts and a less obvious moustache.
Male
The Green Woodpecker is a large green & yellow bird with a bright red crown and moustachial stripe. The upperparts of the body are greeny - grey, it has a greeny - yellow rump & a short dark brown pointed tail. The eyes are bordered in shiny black.
Female
Same as the male with without the red moustachial stripe.
Size
30 - 33cm
Bill
Strong, long thin silver- grey bill
Legs
Grey & short
Habitat
The Green woodpecker can often be seen feeding from the ground, heaths, downlands & pastures. It climbs up tree trunks and branches and had become proficient at hanging from garden bird feeders in search for a regular food source.
Behaviour
Climbs, hangs, takes off & lands from vegetation, tables, feeders.
Flight
Undulating
Voice
Loud laughing keu-keu-keu sound.

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Bbare hole in trees
Eggs
Lays 5 - 7 eggs, white
Incubation Period
18 - 19 days
Broods
1; April - May.
Food
Insects & nuts.
UK Breeding Pairs
15000

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