Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dryobates minor), River Park, Pamplona, Spain. This great image taken by Alfonso Senosiain shows a male removing an egg from its own nest. Presumably the egg was infertile and the woodpecker simply wanted to keep the cavity clean. Woodpeckers are known to keep their nesting holes tidy.
If you are interested in woodpeckers in the context of "a new kind of animal history" (as described by the publisher Reaktion Books) then this book is for you. It focuses not only on the natural history of the picid family but also their cultural history. It explore and delves into the fascination that humankind has had for woodpeckers since ancient times, in myth, legend, science. See here WOODPECKER for more.
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)