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Great Spotted Woodpecker


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Great Spotted Woodpecker

“Dendrocopos Major”

A stunning bird with black and white plumage and a red patch on its head. They chisel into trees to find food or make a hole for a nest.The drumming sound also attracts a mate. They lay 4 to 6 glossy white eggs and the parents take turns in incubating and then feeding the young.

They are between 22 and 23cm in length.

 They have a wingspan of around 34 to 39cm

 They weigh in at approximately 85g.

There are 140,000 breeding pairs in the uk.

Mostly seen in woodlands and also on bird tables and feeders. Their numbers are on the increase and are common in England and Wales