Mature beechwoods in the Pyrenees Mountains are home to the lilfordi race of White-backed Woodpecker as well as Great Spotted and Black Woodpeckers. Iberian Green Woodpecker breeds in more open areas and at edges. Photo by Gerard Gorman, Western Pyrenees, Navarra, Spain, 2012.
This black-and-white drawing by Szabolcs Kokay shows two adult male Black Woodpeckers in dispute. It appears in the monograph The Black Woodpecker (Lynx Edcions), on page71, at the beginning of the chapter BEHAVIOUR.
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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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)