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Like Bird 1, this wood­pecker is also black-and-white, with red un­der the tail (which rules out Lesser Spot­ted); ie a typ­i­cal Den­dro­co­pos. The black crown and nape, lack­ing any red, means we are deal­ing with an adult fe­male. The white shoul­der patches rule out White-backed and the strong mous­tachial stripe rules out Mid­dle Spot­ted. So, that leaves the sim­i­lar Great Spot­ted and Syr­ian Wood­peck­ers. Luck­ily we can see enough to con­firm the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion: the strong black line which con­nects the nape with the mous­tachial stripe would not be present on Syr­ian, so this bird is an adult fe­male Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker, which is the most wide­spread and ‘de­fault’ of the spot­ted wood­peck­ers in Eura­sia.

KEY FEA­TURES †Black-and-white wood­pecker with white shoul­der patches †Deep red un­der­tail †Black mous­tachial stripe con­nected with a black stripe to nape †Black crown and nape im­plies fe­male

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