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Middle spotted woodpecker

Latin name of species:

Dendrocopos medius

Protection status:

This species is listed in Annex II to the Birds Directive and must be subject to special conservation measures in relation to its habitat in order to ensure its survival and reproduction in its area of distribution.


Similar to the Great spotted woodpecker, but smaller. Body length 22 cm, weighs about 60 g. The head of the male is red to the occiput red, the red spot of the female is smaller, the white spots on the shoulders narrow. The lower part is pale and yellowish, the tail is pink, the sides are striped. The variegation of the cheeks is less than the beak. The back is black. Beak and legs dark gray. The female is similar to a male, but the red spot on her head is smaller.

Lives in small deciduous forests, parks, gardens. Feeds on insects, their larvae.

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