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Great Spotted Woodpecker

Photograph by: 
Peter Orchard

Frequently seen in broad-leaf woodland and in gardens near to woodland.


 

Common Name Great Spotted Woodpecker
Scientific Name Dendrocopos major
Species Group Woodpeckers
Status
Interest Level
2
Visabile
Look for
Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Status Common
Visible
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Woodland - broadleaf
  • Woodland - conifer
  • Gardens and parks
Look for A distant drumming sound in early spring
Additional Identification Notes
  • Usually found in woodland settings, prefers broadleaf but also occurs amongst conifers
  • Will be seen on feeders in gardens that are near woodland, espcially in winter
  • As well as the distinctive drumming it makes in spring it has a sharp, loud contact/alarm call
Similar Species

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Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Woodpeckers