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.
- The juvenile has heavily black barred face & under parts and a less obvious moustache.
- 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.
- Same as the male with without the red moustachial stripe.
- 30 - 33cm
- Strong, long thin silver- grey bill
- Grey & short
- 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.
- Climbs, hangs, takes off & lands from vegetation, tables, feeders.
- Loud laughing keu-keu-keu sound.
Breeding & Feeding
- Bbare hole in trees
- Lays 5 - 7 eggs, white
- Incubation Period
- 18 - 19 days
- 1; April - May.
- Insects & nuts.
- UK Breeding Pairs