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Bird Guide: Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

About


Great Spotted Woodpeckers can be identified by their black and white plumage and red under tail. Males and females can be identified because males have a red marking on their nape whilst the females do not have this.

About

Locations

Can be spotted in most of the UK with the exception of highland Scotland

Habitat

Woods and suburban woodland and gardens

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Breeding


Breeding season takes place between April and July. These birds will excavate a hole in a tree to lay their eggs which are white in colour. Each season Great Spotted Woodpeckers will typically lay one brood containing 4-6 eggs. The incubations period is 14-16 days.

Breeding

Size

Wingspan:
36 cm

Length:
22 cm

Diet

Insects from within deadwood, some seeds, peanuts, suet and other birds eggs.

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