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Middle Spotted Woodpecker

(Dendrocopos medius)
German name(s): "Mittelspecht"
Size: 20-22 cm; wing span: 33-34 cm
Weight: 50-80 g


Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Middle Spotted Woodpecker at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "medius"



Close-up lateral view of a male Middle Spotted Woodpecker; note the scarlet cap that reaches far onto the nape of the neck (photo courtesy of G. Normand)
[Bois de Vincennes, 12th district, Paris, France, December 2020]


Lateral view of a female Middle Spotted Woodpecker - note that the moustachial stripe does not reach the bill; the bill is rather weak and the front shows signs of streaking, all of which are characteristic for the species (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Ovcarsko-Kablarski Canyon, near Cacak, Serbia, October 2017]

In this photo one can see clearly the underwing pattern and also the typical colouring of the flanks and the undertail coverts of a female Middle Spotted Woodpecker (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Ovcarsko-Kablarski Canyon, near Cacak, Serbia, October 2017]

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