Add to favorites
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Tit

Next bird

Great Tit

  • Parus major
  • Tits, Chickadees & Kinglets
Great Kiskadee

Previous bird

Great Kiskadee

  • Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Flycatchers & Friends

About the Great Spotted Woodpecker

Also known as: Great Woodpecker, Greater Pied Woodpecker, Red-crowned Pied Woodpecker
The Great Spotted Woodpecker is a species of woodpecker found in parts of Europe and northern Asia. The species is widespread and fairly common throughout its range.

Typical of many woodpecker species, the plumage of the Great Spotted Woodpecker is dominated by black and white feathers. Male birds have a red spot on the back of the neck; the lower undertail of both sexes is also red.

Great Spotted Woodpeckers feed on a varied diet which may include beetle larvae, spiders, insects, carrion from small animals, plant material like nuts and acorns, food offered at feeding stations like seeds and suet, and more. The species is also well known for raiding the nests of other birds and taking both eggs and young chicks.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 05 December 2015
Scientific Name Dendrocopos major
  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Dendrocopos
  • D. major
Birdorable Family Woodpeckers
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 30 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
9.1 to 10.2 inches
15 to 17 inches
2.4 to 3.4 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia North Africa Asia Europe Africa

International Names

  • 大斑啄木鸟 (Chinese)
  • strakapoud velký (Czech)
  • Stor Flagspætte (Danish)
  • Grote Bonte Specht (Dutch)
  • käpytikka (Finnish)
  • Pic épeiche (French)
  • Buntspecht (German)
  • Picchio rosso maggiore (Italian)
  • アカゲラ [akagera] (Japanese)
  • 오색딱다구리 (Korean)
  • Flaggspett (Norwegian)
  • dzięcioł duży (Polish)
  • Pica-pau-malhado-grande (Portuguese)
  • Большой пёстрый дятел (Russian)
  • Pico Picapinos (Spanish)
  • Större hackspett (Swedish)

Related articles