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White-backed Woodpecker
Dendrocopos leucotos

Map of the common names


The largest (L 25 cm) of the "pied" woodpeckers, has black back and shoulders. It is tied to older forests with decayed and fallen trees. Feeds on tree-dwelling insects and their larvae as well as on seeds of trees. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The species used to be distributed more widely than at present and most of EU countries hold now marginal populations. The White-backed Woodpecker' habitat is threatened through an intensive forestry.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : less than 1,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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