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Great Spotted Woodpecker

(Dendrocopos major)
Alternate name(s): "Buntspecht"
Size: 22-23 cm; wing span: 34-39 cm
Weight: 60-90 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Great Spotted Woodpecker at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "major"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Great Spotted Woodpecker (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Lateral view of a male Great Spotted Woodpecker (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Biebrza NP, Poland, May 2017]

Lateral view of a male Great Spotted Woodpecker (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Lateral view of a male Great Spotted Woodpecker foraging for wood-boring grubs; note the characteristic crimson spot on the nape of the neck (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a male Great Spotted Woodpecker (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Biebrza NP, Poland, May 2017]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Great Spotted Woodpecker (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Lateral view of a female Great Spotted Woodpecker (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Dorsal view of a female Great Spotted Woodpecker; note the characteristic all-black nape of the neck visible in this shot (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

gswoodp_dw_20160806.mp3 major (Poland) Contact calls? (male) © DW

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