THE GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER is characteristically and primarily black and white apart from dashes of deep scarlet at the end of the tail and the rear of the crown. With a white breast, cheeks and throat, and black and white striped wings, it's a stunning example of British wildlife.
The great spotted woodpecker is fond of clinging to trees and branches. To avoid headaches, the bird is fitted with a reinforced skull and cushioned air holes. With a fanciful bouncing movement while in flight, the great spotted woodpecker often announces its presence with a loud call - listen to audio below