Member of the Picidae Family: Woodpeckers … Sapsuckers … Flickers

Black Woodpecker with chicks


Black WoodpeckerThe Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) is a large woodpecker is widespread and expanding in much of Europe. It does not migrate.

It inhabits mature forest across the northern palearctic.


Black Woodpecker



The Black Woodpecker is about the size of a crow.

The plumage is all black apart from the distinctive red crest. It has a pointed tail and its flight is straight – not dipping like the flight of woodpeckers.

The males and juveniles both have long narrow red crowns but on the adult females this is restricted to a little red patch at the back of the head.


Breeding / Nesting:

They nest in tree cavities. The average clutch consists of four or more eggs.


Black Woodpecker in flight

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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