Visual identification of the Great Spotted Woodpecker - Luísa Crisóstomo
Visual identification of the Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great spotted woodpecker
The Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major, has a wide distribution across Eurasia and (more limited) in North Africa, occurring in various types of woodlands.
Within the species, both genders can be easily distinguished during adulthood: the male has a red patch behind his head, whereas the female's head is fully black and white, with no red. Overall, both are mainly black and white and share a lower belly that has an intense red colour, which is much less saturated in juveniles. Moreover, juveniles can also be distinguished from adults due to their red crown (absent in adults), and to a less developed black stripe that connects their nape to their beak.
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