Wednesday, 12 September 2007
Syrian Woodpecker: juvenile female (fledgling) ID
Syrian Woodpecker nestlings can be sexed before they even leave the nest (as indeed can most other European woodpeckers). This photo was taken at a nest in an urban area on Csepel Island, Budapest, Hungary in June 2006 (Szabolcs Kókay). The chick is a female: note the small red patch on the forecrown. On a nestling male the red would typically extend further back across the crown. Note also the red smudge on the breast.