Green Woodpecker — Picus viridis

Fairly large, mostly green woodpecker, unmistakable throughout much of range. Note red crown, pale eyes, and black face (male has red whisker mark). Yellowish rump shows mainly in slightly undulating flight. Juvenile is extensively barred and spotted all over, and lacks the contrasting face pattern. Inhabits open woodland, heathland, gardens, and farmland with hedges and scattered larger trees. Unlike most woodpeckers, feeds mainly on the ground, including garden lawns, probing into anthills and moving with an odd, shuffling gait. Gives loud, bright “kee-kee-kee-kee-kee” and drums rather infrequently.

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Description Green Woodpecker — Picus viridis

900The Picus viridis, also known as the European green woodpecker, is a colorful and distinctive bird species found throughout Europe and parts of Asia. Here are the main points about the distribution of this fascinating bird:

The European green woodpecker is widespread across Europe, with its range extending from the Iberian Peninsula in the west to western Russia in the east. It can also be found in parts of North Africa and the Middle East. Its range includes countries such as Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Iran, among others.

Within its range, the European green woodpecker occupies a variety of habitats including open woodlands, parklands, orchards, and gardens. It generally prefers areas with a mix of trees and open ground, such as grassy clearings and pastures.

This species is a non-migratory bird, meaning that it does not undertake long-distance seasonal migrations. Instead, European green woodpeckers are largely sedentary, remaining in their territories throughout the year. However, some local movements may occur, particularly in response to food availability or winter conditions.

In terms of conservation status, the European green woodpecker is widespread and considered to be of least concern according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It benefits from a relatively large population size and a wide distribution range. However, like many bird species, it faces threats such as habitat loss and fragmentation, and impacts of agricultural intensification in some areas.

In summary, the European green woodpecker is a visually striking bird with a broad distribution across Europe, parts of Asia, and North Africa. Its preference for varied woodland and open habitats makes it a familiar sight to many nature enthusiasts within its range. While it faces some conservation challenges, its overall population remains stable, ensuring that this charismatic woodpecker continues to thrive in its diverse range of habitats.

Listen to them sing Green Woodpecker — Picus viridis

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