CON­CEN­TRATE ON FACE PAT­TERN

Bird Watching (UK) - - January Id Challenge -

Some of Europe’s wood­peck­ers are very dis­tinc­tive (most no­tably the crow-sized Black Wood­pecker). How­ever, par­tic­u­larly among the pied Den­dro­co­pos species, there are sev­eral es­sen­tially sim­i­lar species. If you can con­cen­trate on one part of the bird for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pur­poses, let it be the area of the head and face. For in­stance, a main dif­fer­ence be­tween the quite sim­i­lar Syr­ian and Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker (in all plumages), is the black line near the back of the neck, which joins the nape line with the mous­tachial stripe on Great Spot­ted, but is bro­ken on Syr­ian Wood­pecker. Sim­i­larly, the open, pale face and small bill of the red­crowned Mid­dle Spot­ted Wood­pecker dis­tin­guish it from the red-crowned ju­ve­niles (or in­deed adults) of re­lated species.

If you can con­cen­trate on one part of the bird for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pur­poses, let it be the area of the head and face

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