Summer Trail 3


Why do great spotted woodpeckers ‘drum’ their beaks on trees?

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The great spotted woodpecker is a medium-sized woodpecker. It nests in holes that it excavates in trees in broadleaved woodlands, large parks and gardens. It has a distinctive, bouncing flight, but is mostly likely to be heard, rather than seen, as it ‘drums’ away at a tree trunk during its breeding displays. The male has a distinctive red patch on the back of the head and young birds have a red crown.

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