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A photo of a Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocoptes medius), male
Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Male

Middle Spotted Woodpecker

Dendrocoptes medius

The middle spotted woodpecker (Dendrocoptes medius) is a European woodpecker belonging to the genus Dendrocoptes. The middle spotted woodpecker is 20–22 cm long and has plumage similar to the great spotted woodpecker. As with that species the upperparts are predominantly black with white oval wing patches and white barring on the wings, and the underparts are white. The main differences are a red crown, lack of a black moustachial stripe, a pink vent, and dark streaks on the flanks. Although only slightly smaller than the great spotted woodpecker, it appears smaller due to its short, slender bill and more rounded, pale head. It can also be confused with the Syrian woodpecker (particularly juveniles), being distinguished from this by the smaller bill, and the red crown not having narrow black sides.
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Sightings

A photo of a Middle Spotted Woodpecker photographed in Naturpark Nuthe-Nieplitz Germany
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Nicolas Rocca
Sunday 24 Sep 2023 - 7:57am
Germany
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Pieps Pieps
Saturday 23 Sep 2023 - 6:06am
Germany
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Kevin Denson
Monday 18 Sep 2023 - 9:28am
France
A photo of a Middle Spotted Woodpecker photographed in Врдничка кула Serbia
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Roman Y
Friday 15 Sep 2023 - 3:04pm
Serbia
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