Great Spotted Woodpecker

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.
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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 05 December 2015
Scientific Name
Dendrocopos major
  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Dendrocopos
  • D. major
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 8 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
9.1 to 10.2 inches
15 to 17 inches
2.4 to 3.4 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 大斑啄木鸟
Czech (Cesky) strakapoud velký
Danish (Dansk) Stor Flagspætte
Dutch (Nederlands) Grote Bonte Specht
Finnish (Suomi) käpytikka
French (Français) Pic épeiche
German (Deutsch) Buntspecht
Italian (Italiano) Picchio rosso maggiore
Japanese (日本語) アカゲラ [akagera]
Korean (한국어) 오색딱다구리
Norwegian (Norsk) Flaggspett
Polish (Polski) dzięcioł duży
Portuguese (Português) Pica-pau-malhado-grande
Russian (русский язык) Большой пёстрый дятел
Spanish (Español) Pico Picapinos
Swedish (Svenska) Större hackspett
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