Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Syrian Woodpecker: adult female ID

Adult female Syrian Woodpeckers are best separated from males by observing that their nape is black not red (as applies for male and female Great Spotted Woodpeckers).
This photo of a female was taken in the Evros Delta, Greece (Bill Baston). Note the lack of red on the nape. The complete white cheek, with no extensive post-auricular stripe, pink undertail and lack of white in the tail are all clearly visible.

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