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A photo of a Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), male
Black Woodpecker, Male

Black Woodpecker

Dryocopus martius

The black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) is a large woodpecker that lives in mature forests across the northern Palearctic. It is the sole representative of its genus in that region. Its range is expanding. The black woodpecker is easily the largest woodpecker species in Europe as well as in the portion of Asia where it lives and is one of the largest species worldwide. This non-migratory species tends to make its home in old-growth forest or large forest stands and excavates a large tree hole to reside in. In turn, several species rely on black woodpeckers to secondarily reside in the holes made in trees by them. This woodpeckers diet consists mostly of carpenter ants. This species is closely related to, and fills the same ecological niche in Europe as, the pileated woodpecker of North America and the lineated woodpecker of South America, also being similar to the white-bellied woodpecker which is distributed to the south somewhat of the black woodpecker in Asia.
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Nicolas Rocca
Sunday 17 Sep 2023 - 6:59am
Germany
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Andrew Sheerin
Saturday 16 Sep 2023 - 7:55am
Spain
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Claudio Danesi
Thursday 14 Sep 2023 - 1:20pm
Switzerland
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Chris Stovin
Thursday 14 Sep 2023 - 9:43am
Germany
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