Great Spotted Woodpecker ( Dendrocopos major)

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What does the Great Spotted Woodpecker Look Like ?

Distinctive coloured plumage with nlack moustache stripe extending back to the Nape , Underparts bright white , with tail coverts bright red. White patches either side of shoulder and red part on nape absent in the female. Yound have a red crown. About blackbird-sized and striking black-and-white. It has distinctive bouncing flight and spends most of its time clinging to tree trunks and branches, often trying to hide on the side away from the observer. Its presence is often announced by its loud call or by its distinctive spring 'drumming' display. Males have a distinctive red patch on the back of the head and young birds have a red crown.

How Big Is the Great Spotted Woodpecker ?

Aprox 23 cm, weighing 80 g

Where does it live?

Anywhere with large mature trees that contain holes suitable for nesting in.
Similar to breeding habitats.

When does it Breed ?

May to June , 5 - 7 Eggs, Incubation 12 days , young fledging at 18 to 24 days, Hole Nester

Where to observe it

Found in Woodlands, especially with mature broad-leaved trees, although mature conifers will support them. Also in parks and large gardens. Will come to peanut feeders and birdtables. Not found in Ireland or the far N and S of Scotland. Most common in England and Wales.

What does it eat?

Insects, seeds and nuts

What does it sound like?

A loud 'kik kik' call; rapid drumming sound

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When to see it

All year round.

Similar Species Lesser Spotted Woodpecker