Grey-headed woodpecker


The Grey-headed woodpecker (Picus canus) is common across Central, North and East Europe, southern Russia and China down to Southeast Asia. Some populations are found in the Himalayas.

It is 25–28 cm long and weighs 130-180 grams. Its plumage closely resembles its near relative the European green woodpecker. It has green upperparts, pale grey underparts and a yellow rump. It has a grey head with black moustache, and the male has a red crown. It has a shorter neck, slimmer bill and slightly rounder head than the green woodpecker.

This male woodpecker was photographed in Mäntsälä, Southern Finland.

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.

About Olli Laasanen

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6 Responses to Grey-headed woodpecker

  1. snapsbynina says:

    great picture!

  2. Rigby says:

    A superb photograph, capturing the alert twist of the head, the focussed eye and total concentration on the business of living to the exclusion of all else. You must have been a fair distance away, yet the focus is perfect on the contrasting textures of the bark and feathers. Together with the out of focus sky and twigs they create a very satisfying composition. I particularly like the gold and brown striped cloven tail.

    • I was shooting jays ( in a hide when this woodpecker landed on the pine just 3-4 meters from me. All happened very quickly. Had to turn 90 deg in a cramped hide without disturbing the pecker. Lucky me to get a nice picture of a good pose.

  3. Rigby says:

    By shooting, I assume you mean taking photographs? 🙂

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