Greater Spotted Woodpecker

The Greater Spotted Woodpecker has an extremely large range, being found from the UK all across Europe to the Far East. Find out more about the Greater Spotted Woodpecker in our wild bird library.

  • Facts

  • Nesting Habits

  • Food Preferences


As well as its distinctive black and white markings, the Greater Spotted Woodpecker can also be recognised by its distinctive bouncing style of flight. Male and female birds have similar colouring, though the female doesn’t have the red patch on the nape of the neck.

They’ll often cling closely to tree trunks and branches, making them tricky to spot when not in flight. However, you may well hear their loud call or the familiar drumming sound in the spring.

Nesting Habits

Food Preferences