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Black Woodpecker female

Dryocopus martius

Description:

-----The Black Woodpecker, Dryocopus martius, is a large woodpecker, 45–50 cm (18–20 in) long with a 64–84 cm (25–33 in) wingspan. Body weight is approximately 300-400 grams (10.6-14.2 oz) on average. It is easily the largest woodpecker in its range. -----The plumage of this crow-sized woodpecker is entirely black apart from a red crown. In males, the entire crown is red, but in females only the top hindcrown is red with the rest of the body all black. It has a very long beak of 2.5 inches (6.3 cm). ----The sexes differ even as nestlings

Habitat:

----This species is closely related to and fills the same ecological niche in Europe as the Pileated Woodpecker of North America. ---It lives in mature forest across the northern palearctic. It is the sole representative of its genus in that region. Its range is expanding in Eurasia. It does not migrate

Notes:

The woodpecker feeds by using its bill to hammer on dead trees to dig out carpenter ants and wood-boring grubs. Their voice is remarkable in that it has two different calls. One is a short single high-pitched note done only twice in a row. The other is a screech-like shrill while in flight. Unlike other woodpecker species, the Black Woodpecker does not have a dipping, bounding flight. The woodpecker digs a nest hole, usually in a live poplar or pine tree where it lays four or more eggs ---- found her, while mushroom-huntig. I followed the pounding, tried to come closer than this, but she got nervous, so i decided to be satisfied with what i already got, while sneaking on to her, and continued my M-hunt. She was completly dark, i don't noticed any marking, so i looked up some infos and assume: it was a "Black woodpecker" female!! Would not post such quality, when spotting those woodpecker, would be normal for me! the last one, a while ago, flew away, while i was still locating him!

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AlexKonig
Spotted by
AlexKonig

Heerlen, Limburg, Netherlands

Spotted on Feb 12, 2012
Submitted on Feb 21, 2012

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