The great spotted woodpecker likes to find nuts, large seeds and fat at the manger.
The Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major). It is easy to recognize, with its black and white plumage and bright red belly. It measures 24 cm, weighs 70 to 98 g and lives about 11 years.
- Plumage black and white.
- Black cap.
- Black mustache joining a black collar.
- Red square on the neck of the male.
- Bright red belly.
- Black back framed in white.
- It inhabits deciduous forests, wooded areas, parks, large gardens, tree hedges, orchards.
- He lodges in a hole that he has dug in a trunk or a big branch.
- He does not like getting away from trees, and he rarely feeds on the ground. He looks for food by spiraling around the trunk, going up and down.
- Its long, tapered and sticky tongue allows it to extract food from tree bark crevices.
- In spring, he makes small holes in the trunks of the trees to absorb the sap that bead.
- He also looks for seeds, fruits, small invertebrates, berries. He is fond of nuts and nuts.
- Absolutely devoid of scruples, he will eat even the eggs of other birds, even newborns that he will find in the nests.
- It emits a single note, short, dry and sharp, as well as softer and lower sounds.
Do not confuse... The black woodpecker
It's the biggest of the peaks. You will rather see it in the mountains in the large coniferous forests, or in the lowland mixed forests, composed of beech and evergreen.
The little more
The great woodpecker is drumming in the spring. This drumming allows him to communicate, especially to let him know that he is still single. It can give 5 to 20 pecks per second, and this 5 to 6 times per minute, up to 600 times per day for an unmated male!