Identification of Green Woodpecker

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Identification of Green Woodpecker

Identification of Green Woodpecker

Example text from The Handbook of Bird Identification

Example text from The Handbook of Bird Identification

European Green Woodpecker (Picus virdis) Green Woodpecker,Eurasian Green woodpecker.

Identification.This large woodpecker is the most widespread green-type species of our region.Typical adult Green can be seperated from other green types by combination of all-red crown and nape and solid black mask between crown and maler stripe.Juvenile unlikely to be confused, as has unique pattern of heavy dark markings on face,sides of neck and underparts, and has pale spotting on wing coverts and upperparts.Race (sharpei) distinctly different and more difficult to differentiate from Grey-headed (below) or Levaillant's Green Woodpeckers,but does not overlap in range with either.In very poor view, could possibly be confused with female or juvenile Golden Oriole.Spends much time feeding on ground (especially at ants nests), often in open well away from trees.Moves on ground with clumsy hops, carriage often rather upright.Rather shy, often flying considerable distances when disturbed in open country..........
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Related species: Grey-headed woodpecker Picus canus.Photo Sergey Yeliseev

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