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Great Spotted Woodpecker (Teneriffe subspecies)
Dendrocopos major canariensis

Map of the common names


Medium-sized woodpecker (L 22 cm). The Great Spotted Woodpecker inhabits exclusivelly old pine forest with Pinus canariensis, between 800 and 1,800 m, including groves of Chamaecytisus proliferus and Adenocarpus foliosus. Feeds on insects. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

This subspecies endemic to Tenerife and its breeding population is unlikely to exceed a hundred pairs. The destruction of old pine forest over the past years has lead to habitat fragmentation. Hunting and collecting for scientific purposes also affect negatively Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : 100 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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