Friday, 14 September 2007

Middle Spotted Woodpecker: adult male ID

Adult male Middle Spotted Woodpeckers have a bright, strong red crown. In the breeding season the red feathers jut out at the rear almost like a crest. On average males are also larger and heavier than females and have slightly longer bills. But these factors are not useful in the field. Even though at a distance the complete bright red crown that extends to the very rear, and which is typical of males, can be seen. Photo taken at Doba in Hungary (Gábor Vasuta).

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