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Green Woodpecker

Picus viridis


The European green woodpecker, a member of the woodpecker family Picidae, is a medium sized bird, measuring some 35 cm in length and approximately 45 to 50 in wingspan. Both sexes have green back and wings with yellow rump and red crown and nape and black cheeks. The abdomen and chest are pale yellowish green. Pictured here is male, distinguished by red moustachial stripe ; the female has these stripes solid black.


Seen from my window - ur town is in semi-urban area around Geneva - the region is quite wooded and close to nature, and flanks of Jura Mountain Range and its Natural Reserve.


This is my second spotting of this beautiful bird, and both times from my window (not at the same flat...). The European green woodpecker is a shy bird, and not easily seen - but it can be easily heard thanks to its loud cries. This bird rarely drums on trees, but spends much of its time feeding on ants on the ground.

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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island

Lat: 46.25, Long: 6.11

Spotted on Nov 11, 2018
Submitted on Jan 22, 2019

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