Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus is very much an Eastern European bird. The further west it gets in breeding range is central Austria and there are no records in countries west of here. It occurs from Poland, where it is localised, southwards to the Balkans. In parts of Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria it is common. This "pied" woodpecker inhabits lowland, secondary habitats such as orchards, gardens and parks. It is rarely seen in woodland proper.