|Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos Major|
Great Spotted Woodpecker
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The Great Spotted Woodpecker is a pied woodpecker, with a large white shoulder patch and scarlet underneath the tail.
The head is black and white: black crown and nape, white forehead, cheeks, and throat. The back, wings and tail are black, except for the white shoulder patch. The underparts are whitish-buff with red
|underneath the tail (vent). The sexes are similar except that the male has a red patch on the nape. The male Great Spotted Woodpecker is renown for drumming its bill on a branch. Their contact call is a loud "chick" sound.|
The nest is a chamber in a tree which is chiselled out by both birds. Breeding starts mid to late April and consists of a single clutch of 3-8 eggs.
Woodpeckers probe tree trunks for insects and larvae, but also feed on nuts and berries (in the winter). Increasingly, Great Spotted Woodpeckers are feeding from peanut feeders in gardens.
|Many thanks to British Garden Birds for the information on this page.|