Wildlife to Visit of the Order Piciformes

Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta )
Bluebell woods.
Carpet of Bluebells. © Angie Muldowney cc
Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta )
Bluebell woods.
Carpet of Bluebells. © Angie Muldowney cc

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There are 4 wildlife species pictured below. Some species can only be seen during certain months. Wildlife that has been observed at this time of year are shown first preceeded by a green bar. Wildlife that can be seen at a different time of year is show last preceeded by a blue bar.

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Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) All year round.
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Family: Picidae (Woodpeckers and allies)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, grasslands, heathlands and woodland.

Food: Ants.

Voice: Distinctive ringing laugh yah, yah, yah.

Season: All year round. All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Green woodpeckers spend a lot of time eating ants on the ground. They breed in oval holes they peck in dead wood.

European Green Woodpecker ♂ (picus viridis) © Andrei Stroe cc
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) All year round.
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Family: Picidae (Woodpeckers and allies)

Habitat: Gardens and parks and woodland.

Food: Insects, nuts and seeds.

Voice: Call sharp kik, kik. Drumming.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Jerky actions. Hops up trees rather than climbs. Easy and undulated flight.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) ♂ © photo by Hans
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor) All year round.
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Family: Picidae (Woodpeckers and allies)

Habitat: Gardens and parks and woodland.

Food: Ants.

Voice: Distinctive high-pitched kee, kee, kee.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Spends much time searching for larvae, spiders and wood-boring insects on smaller branches and in the tops of trees.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor) © Thermos cc
Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) All year round.
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Family: Picidae (Woodpeckers and allies)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, heathlands, orchards, hedgerows, coniferous woods and deciduous woods.

Size: Length 16.5 cm (6.5 in)

Food: Ants.

Voice: Shrill quee-quee-quee-quee.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern


Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) © Ron Knight cc
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