Green Woodpecker

About the Green Woodpecker

The Green Woodpecker is a species of woodpecker that lives across western Eurasia. Naturally, they are named for their green plumage. The birds can also be identified by their red crowns, black masks, and moustachial stripes.

Unlike many other species of woodpecker, Green Woodpeckers glean insects from the ground rather than drumming for food on trees. Since they nest in tree cavities, their preferred habitat provides woodland for nesting as well as more open land for insect foraging on the ground.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 08 July 2010
Scientific Name
Picus viridis
  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Picus
  • P. viridis
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 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
12 to 14 inches
18 to 20 inches


International Names

Czech (Cesky) žluna zelená
Danish (Dansk) Grønspætte
Dutch (Nederlands) Groene Specht
Finnish (Suomi) vihertikka
French (Français) Pic vert
German (Deutsch) Grünspecht
Italian (Italiano) Picchio verde
Japanese (日本語) モロッコアオゲラ (morokkoaogera)
Norwegian (Norsk) Grønnspett
Polish (Polski) dzięcioł zielony
Russian (русский язык) Дятел зеленый
Spanish (Español) Pito Real
Swedish (Svenska) Gröngöling
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