Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

About the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

The Lesser Spotted Woodpecker is a very small species of woodpecker found across a wide range in Europe and Asia. They are non-migratory, year-round residents throughout their territory. Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are found in temperate and boreal forest habitat.

Male Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers can be recognized by their black upperparts with white spots or bars and crimson red crown. Adult birds also have a wash of buff-colored tinge at the forehead, lores, and breast. There are over 10 subspecies of the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker recognized by various authorities across their range with a variety of differences in plumage and size.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 16 December 2020
Scientific Name
Dryobates minor
  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Dryobates
  • D. minor
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Units: Imperial / Metric
5.5 to 6.3 inches
.56 to .92 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 小斑啄木鸟
Czech (Cesky) strakapoud malý
Danish (Dansk) Lille Flagspætte
Dutch (Nederlands) Kleine Bonte Specht
Finnish (Suomi) pikkutikka
French (Français) Pic épeichette
German (Deutsch) Kleinspecht
Italian (Italiano) Picchio rosso minore
Japanese (日本語) コアカゲラ (koakagera)
Korean (한국어) 쇠오색딱다구리
Norwegian (Norsk) Dvergspett
Polish (Polski) dzięciołek
Portuguese (Português) Pica-pau-malhado-pequeno
Russian (русский язык) Малый пёстрый дятел
Spanish (Español) Pico Menor
Swedish (Svenska) mindre hackspett
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