Friday, 1 August 2008

Special birds: Middle Spotted Woodpecker

Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius is mainly a bird of mature, mixed deciduous woods, especially those dominated by oak. Though there are population in western Europe the bulk of Europe's birds reside in the east, particularly in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary. Unlike most other "pied"woodpeckers, the male and female of this species are almost identical in plumage. In particular, both have red crowns, though the female's is slightly shorter at the back and not as bright red in the breeding season. Middle Spotteds do not drum as often as other Dendrocopos species, in fact they rarely do so. This superb photo of an adult male with crown feathers erect was taken by Laszlo Nehezy in Hungary.

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