Scandinavian Mountains over 2000m - Flora & Fauna

Scandinavian Mountains over 2000 metres - James Baxter

Flora & FaunaBirds › Great Spotted Woodpecker

Dendrocopos major, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Flaggspett. 23cm.

Great Spotted Woodpecker
A common resident in forests surrounding the mountains.

The nest is excavated in a tree by both sexes. They eat the larvae of wood-boring insects which they probe for under the bark. Occasionally they take the young and eggs of other hole nesting birds.

The female lacks the red spot on the back of the head but is otherwise alike.

Other woodpeckers may also be seen.