Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius is the only European woodpecker that can excavate trees like this. This huge cavity is a feeding site in a beech tree. The hand of the lady is for size-comparison. Photo taken in Slovakia in April, 2014, Gerard Gorman.
I have just received a pre-publication copy of my forthcoming book WOODPECKERS OF THE WORLD. It is due out in June. Here is a sample snap of the back cover with Great Spotted Woodpecker. I hope you like the look of it.
Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla is a true migrant and the only migratory picid in Europe. Birds move south in the autumn and return to breeding areas in the spring. Most European breeders winter in Africa, although some stay in the Mediterranean region. This recently arrived bird was photographed in Slovakia yesterday, by Gerard Gorman.
is dedicated to the 10 species of woodpecker (Picidae) that breed in Europe: 9 resident species and the migratory Wryneck. 8 of these 10 also occur outside Europe, with the distribution of Eurasian Three-toed, White-backed, Lesser Spotted, Great Spotted, Black & Grey-headed Woodpeckers stretching eastwards from the Western Palearctic into Asia, whilst Syrian is found in the Middle East & Asia Minor & Wryneck winters in Africa. The global ranges of Green & Middle Spotted Woodpeckers are confined to the Western Palearctic.
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Gerard Gorman: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Black Woodpecker - a monograph on Dryocopus martius
Gerard Gorman is author of this book, published in 2011 by Lynx Edicions
Woodpeckers of Europe - A Study of the European Picidae
Gerard Gorman is author of this handbook, published in 2004 by Bruce Coleman, UK (ISBN 1 872842 05 4)