GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER

The Great Spotted Woodpecker is the most common of the 3 woodpeckers found in the UK, with Green & Lesser Spotted being the other two.  The majority of the feathers are black and white, except for a bright red patch at the bottom of the breast under the tail.  The male has a thin red stripe on the back of its head, which the female does not.  The juvenile has a full red cap and more of a whitish red patch under the tail which develops into the bright red patch as it gets older, it also loses the red cap if female and changes to black with a red stripe at the back of the head if male.  There are currently 41,000 pairs breeding across the UK and they are usually found in woodlands and also make visits to garden feeders.  Once or twice a month this bird visits the feeders in our garden, as does the Green Woodpecker.

Length: 22-23cm (9in)

Wingspan: 34-39cm (13½-15½in)

Weight: 70-90g (2½-3¼oz)

Average Life: 5-10 years

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