GREATER SPOTTED WOODPECKER
An extremely agile climber, about 9 cms long. The male has distinct red patch on the nape, lacking in the female, the juvenile has a whole red crown.
Widespread in Britain, living in woodlands and forests and now spread to gardens and parks. It probes into bark crevices and hacks away loose bark to get at larvae of wood boring insects for its food.
In breeding season it will take the eggs and young of other hole-nesting birds. Drumming performed by both sexes, is commonly heard during breeding season in spring. It acts as a territorial defence, produced by beating the bill rapidly on dead branches.
This is an original watercolour painting on Fabriano artistico paper. It is window mounted on ivory, size 30 x 40 cms when mounted.
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