Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major, at a garden peanut feeder in Budapest, Hungary. This is the most common and widespread woodpecker in Europe, ranging from Ireland to the very east, and beyond into Asia, and from the treeline in the Arctic to North Africa.
Male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor) pulling invertebrate prey (not sure exactly what it is, if you do, please let me know) from a twig. This great image was taken by András Kovács in Hungary.
This female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor) turned up in a patch of trees in a steppe landscape in the Kiskunság region, Hungary recently. This is a place I had never seen one before. This species is not a true migrant, but some individuals will disperse at the end of summer into autumn, appearing in places where it does not breed.
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The Black Woodpecker - a monograph on Dryocopus martius
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Woodpeckers of Europe - A Study of the European Picidae
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