Lesser Spotted Woodpecker


Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

The Lesser spotted woodpecker is the smallest and least common of the three woodpeckers resident in Britain. Usually located by its distinctive call, and drumming.


Identification

Male
The male is distinguished from the female by his bright red crown
Size
14 cms long, wingspan 26 cms, weighs 21g
Habitat
You can find it in open woods, copses, parkland, gardens and orchards, but it tends to frequent the tops of trees, searching for larvae, spiders and wood-boring insects on smaller branches
Behaviour
When feeding it creeps along branches and flutters from branch to branch.
Voice
Distinctive call and drumming

Breeding & Feeding

Eggs
4 - 6 eggs
Incubation Period
14 - 15 days
Fledgling
19 to 22 days
Broods
1
Food
Insects, larvae & spiders
UK Breeding Pairs
1,000 to 2,000 breeding pairs

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