|Green Woodpecker - Picus Viridis|
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The Green Woodpecker is our largest native woodpecker (bigger than a Blackbird) and has green mantle and wings, yellow-green rump, and whitish underparts. The crown and nape are red, with black marking around the eye, and black moustache. The moustachial strip in the male has a red centre.
The juveniles are spotted with black on the
|underparts, and white on the mantle and coverts. Their call is a loud cheerful laugh, or "yaffle".|
The nest is built in a hole in a tree. Breeding starts in late April and consists of 1-2 clutches of 4-9 eggs.
They are a woodland bird and feed on insects, but are often seen feeding on ants on the ground or garden lawns.
|Many thanks to British Garden Birds for the information on this page.|