Great spotted woodpecker


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The great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major, käpytikka” in Finnish) is distributed throughout Europe and northern Asia, and usually resident year-round. This fine pecker was studying a dead branch hole during a spring day in Lestijärvi, middle Finland: “Maybe I can find something to eat” – The food mainly consists of insects and grubs but also seeds, fruit, scraps, eggs, chicks and small rodents.

The great spotted woodpecker is 23–26 centimetres (9.1–10.2 in) long, with a 38–44 centimetres (15–17 in) wingspan and weights 70-98 g. Males have a crimson spot on the nape, which is absent in females and juvenile birds. In the latter, the top of the head is crimson between the bill and the center of the crown instead.

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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

Eyes and ears open. New and old. Jobs and hobbies. Pictures and music. Entertaining and serious. Change and stability. Nature and urban.
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3 Responses to Great spotted woodpecker

  1. Matt Korinek says:

    Great shots of a beautiful bird!

  2. Matt Korinek says:

    You’re welcome Olli!

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