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Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis)

Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus)

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Length (cm):
31-33
25-26
Wingspan (cm):
40-42
38-40
Weight (gram):
150-220
120-160
Size group:
Crow-size
Thrush-size

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Appearance:

Medium sized, green woodpecker with black mask. Crown red in all plumages. Females with black moustache stripe, males with red framed in black. Juveniles heavily marked with small black and white spots all over, and less prominent black mask. Bigger and more heavily built than Grey-headed Woodpecker, with longer and stouter bill. Often foraging on the ground. Flight undulated.

Sound:

Song similar to Grey-headed Woodpecker, but not as soft and fluty. Each phrase consist of a series of short "klee", with a laughing quality. Pitch drops slightly throughout the phrase, but not as markedly as in Grey-headed, and tempo is fairly constant (no ritardando). Short "kek" calls when excited and in flight. Drumming of 1.5 seconds duration with decelerating tempo, but not often heard. Another call is similar to Black Woodpecker; a series of resonant "klit-klit-klit-klit-klit-klit", but is less clear, has a more determined start and has less obvious rising pitch at the end of each syllable.

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Distribution:

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Ecology:

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Appearance:

Green back. Head mostly grey with only a slim black moustache stripe, and underparts rather greyish too. Smaller than Green Woodpecker, and bill less heavy. Male with small red patch on forehead. Flight and movements more agile than Green Woodpecker.

Sound:

Mostly heard during the breeding season. Song similar to Green Woodpecker, but general tone is soft and melancholic. Phrases consists of series of 5-8 clear notes falling both in pitch and intensity, and with diagnostic ritardando at the end. Short "kek" uttered if excited. Rarely drums.

Song:

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Distribution:

IUCN Redlist Map

Ecology:

Birdlife ecology

Links:

Observation.org Latest observations

Video IBC

Image search Flickr NB! May give other species

Sound search at Xeno-canto

Featherbase

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Several different sounds of the species

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