Bird Watching (UK) - - January Id Challenge -

Ge­o­graph­i­cal dis­tri­bu­tion and habi­tat are im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tions when iden­ti­fy­ing Euro­pean wood­peck­ers. Some species are fussy, while oth­ers are more catholic in their tastes. For in­stance, Three-toed Wood­peck­ers (be­low) are spe­cial­ists in feed­ing on the lar­vae of Spruce Bark-bee­tle, so are most fre­quently en­coun­tered where there are sub­stan­tial stands of spruce trees. White­backed Wood­peck­ers have a pref­er­ence for, ide­ally undis­turbed, damp wood­land with plenty of dead or dy­ing trees to feed in. On the other hand, Great Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers and Black Wood­peck­ers are less spe­cialised in their re­quire­ments and can be found in a range of for­est types.

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