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This is no spot­ted wood­pecker, but ob­vi­ously one of the green species, which in Europe are in the genus Pi­cus. The back is a grassy green and the tail looks sim­i­lar. There is some pale spot­ting on the front edge of the wing. So, in a Euro­pean con­text, this bird is ei­ther a Green Wood­pecker or an Ibe­rian Green Wood­pecker or a Grey-headed Wood­pecker. Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion is ac­tu­ally quite easy given views like this, as there is a com­plete ab­sence of red on the crown. This im­me­di­ately rules out Green and Ibe­rian Green. It also rules out male Grey-headed, which has red on the fore­head. This is a fe­male Grey-headed Wood­pecker. This is fur­ther con­firmed by the grey head and neck, thin black mous­tachial stripe and mid-brown eye.

KEY FEA­TURES †Green back and wings †Grey head and neck †Thin mous­tachial stripe †Com­pletely lacks red on crown

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