Great Spotted Woodpecker

Dendrocopos major

(D. m. tenuirostris)

Armenian Name: Խայտաբղետ փայտփոր
Great Spotted Woodpecker

See Plate 38 for Great Spotted Woodpecker and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:22-23 cm, Wing Span:34-39 cm
Distribution Map: Map 198.
Description: Black upperparts with large white scapular patches; unstreaked pale brown-yellow underparts and red undertail coverts. Forked black head stripe touches nape and bill. Black crown; male has red nape which is absent in female.
Similar Species: Differs from all other woodpeckers by combination of unstreaked flanks, white scapular patches, and black stripe from bill to nape.
Behavior: Flight strongly undulating.
Habitat: Forest, orchards; lower elevations in winter.
Food: Invertebrates in summer; seeds in winter.
Nest: Cavity in tree.
Eggs: 27 mm, 4-7, white.