Lesser Spotted Woodpecker – Dendrocopos minor

The Lesser Spotted Woodpecker is the smallest and least common of the three woodpeckers residing in Britain. It is usually located by its distinctive call and drumming. When feeding, it creeps along branches and flutters amongst the trees.

Identification

Male: The male sports a bright red crown, white cheeks and upperparts of black, with bold, white-ladder barring across its black. The underparts are buff-white.
Female: As the male, but with a buff-coloured crown.
Size: 14—15cm.
Bill: Grey, short and thin.
Legs: Grey, short.
Habitat: Heaths, woodlands, hedgerows and parks.
Behaviour: Climbs, creeps, takes off/lands from vegetation.
Flocking: Solitary.
Flight: Undulating.
Voice: High pitched kee-kee-kee-kee sound, repeated.

Breeding

Nest: Holes in trees.
Eggs: 4—6. White.
Incubation period: 14 days.
Fledgeling: 21 days.
Broods: 1. May—June.
Food: Insects, peanuts, granulated nuts.
UK breeding pairs: 3,000—6,000.

Suggested feed

Countrywide Granulated Peanuts, Countrywide Peanuts.

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