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Set B1 - British Birds - card information

8. The Great Spotted Woodpecker
(Dryobates major)

8. The Great Spotted Woodpecker

A bird of the trees is the Great Spotted Woodpecker. Its feet are adapted for climbing, its stiff tail feathers make a rest, and its stout bill is excellent for drilling in timber, whether to make a nest hole or in search of woodboring insects. In person it is black and white with scarlet undertail coverts, plus, in the case of the male, a little red on the back of the head. In spring it hammers on a chosen branch, making a drumming noise that carries far through the woods.