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Greater spotted woodpecker

Observed: 12th February 2011 By: jh25955
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Description:

Greater spotted woodpecker tapping trunk

Identifications
Species interactions

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Comments

stephenmid's picture

Size

Whether it's a greater or lesser spotted woodpecker is difficult to know without an idea of scale.

stephenmid

RoyW's picture

No scale needed.

If the undertail is red or reddish (it's slightly paler/duller in juveniles), then it's not a Lesser Spotted!

leenestofvipers's picture

red rump and wing barring

The one in the picture has a red rump and is not as barred as you would expect for a LSW.

Syrphus's picture

Red under-tail, not rump.

Red under-tail, not rump. The rump in GSW is black.

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Syrphus's picture

And also, in case you can

And also, in case you can only see its back, LSW (aka Barred W) is exactly that - barred. It does not have these large shoulder-patches. It is also tiny in comparison with GSW - about the size of a Chaffinch.

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leenestofvipers's picture

I stand corrected.

Apologies for the misuse of the word rump.

stephenmid's picture

Woodpecker differences

Thanks for the id tips

stephenmid

jh25955's picture

Identification of woodpecker

I am convinced this is a GSW and actually agree that this is so due to size and markings.
Thanks for all information