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Middle Spotted Woodpecker
Dendrocopos medius

Map of the common names


Often mistaken for Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), but separated by its smaller size (L 20 cm) and all-red crown. It is closely associated with deciduous woodlands containing oaks of temperate regions. Feeds on tree-dwelling insects and seeds in winter. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

Being dependent on old deciduous woodlands, the destruction and degradation of these forest are a serious threat for the species.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : 10,000 / 22,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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