Identification of Lesser spotted Woodpecker

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Identification of Lesser spotted woodpecker

Identification of Lesser spotted woodpecker

Length approx 14cm .Tiny sparrow sized woodpecker with small bill.Female birds lack the red crown and appears strikingly black-and-white.Both birds lack any red colour to the vent.In flight, the lesser spotted woodpecker is noticeably more fluttering than in any other woodpecker, (similar to Woodlark) (BWP).Can often be seen far out on very small branches or the outer area of bushes.'Kek' call similar to but much more feeble.However, often calls with a loud 'Kee-Kee-Kee-Kee-Kee-Kee-Kee-Kee' which resembles a bird of prey and is very similar to that of a Wryneck.Both male and female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker's drum, which is longer in its duration than the Great spotted and weaker.Breeds in deciduous woodland, often prefering wet habitat. A series of field recordings can be heard on birding-radio.co.uk (home page) by selecting 'Wonderful woodpeckers' on the radio player.(Broadband connection recommended).

Current status for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Britain)

The Lesser Spotted Woodpecker has declined significantly and very rapidly since around 1980, following a shallower increase, and had contracted markedly in range by 1988-91(Gibbons et al. 1993). It now qualifies for red listing, but has become so rare in recent years that BBS has been unable to collect enough data for annual monitoring. Reductions in the area of mature broadleaved woodland, losses of non-woodland trees such as elms, increases in woodland isolation and reductions in the volume of dead wood in woodland are candidate causes for the decline (Fuller et al. 2005).

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Wonderful Woodpeckers

Wonderful Woodpeckers

A series of Woodpecker field recordings are now playing on birding-radio.co.uk.To listen click on this link or the picture (right). You can then curse through the radio player listings to select this programme and even use the player as you browse this site or indeed the rest of the Internet.Also check out our podcasts page (access from the home page).If you have an aggregator (podcatcher) you can receive free programmes and bird recordings.

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