Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) - Wiki
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[Photo] Adult male Black Woodpecker with young. Photo by Alastair Rae http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Alastair_Rae Date: June 2003, Finland.
The Black Woodpecker, Dryocopus martius, is a large woodpecker, 40-46 cm long with a 67-73 cm wingspan.
It lives in mature forest across the northern palearctic. It is the sole representative of its genus in that region. Its range is expanding in Europe. It does not migrate.
The plumage of this crow-sized woodpecker is entirely black apart from a red crown. In males, the entire crown is red, but in females only the hindcrown. The sexes differ even as nestlings.
The Black Woodpecker's flight is straight, not dipping like other woodpeckers.
The nest is a tree-hole into which four or more eggs are laid.
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