Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) French name: Pic épeiche

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)


French name: Pic épeiche

The great spotted woodpecker is a common sight throughout France and has distinctive black and white markings with red on the under tail. You can distinguish a male from a female by the splash of red on the back on the head, which the male has and the female does not.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) French name: Pic épeiche

This photograph of a male great spotted woodpecker was taken last week in our garden in La Corrèze.

The great spotted woodpecker feasts on insects, nuts and seeds found in the woodlands where they reside. Climbing trees and posts in a series of hops they are rarely seen on the ground so to make sure you attract them into your garden have food hanging from your bird feeder.

Great spotted woodpeckers nest by chiseling out a hole in a tree where they will lay between 4-7 eggs which hatch after 10-13 days. The young woodpeckers will then fly after 20 days; the juveniles can be easily identified by their red crowns.

If you have any sightings or information on the great spotted woodpecker you’d like to share please feel free to use the comment box below

A bientôt
Katherine x



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