Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus)

Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus) (Photo: Nikos Petrou)

It is a medium size woodpecker, with a wide distribution in the boreal and temperate regions of Eurasia, from France to Japan. It inhabits mainly deciduous forests, quite open mixed forests and montane forests, but also city parks and gardens. The population of the European Union is estimated at 20,000-25,000 breeding pairs. The species rarely appears above 600 m in central Europe, but in some regions ascends above 1,000 m and locally even above 2,000 metres.

In Greece it is a scarce and localised resident, with a total population estimated at 50-200 pairs. The Mt. Oiti population is the southernmost in the country and isolated from the more northern areas of presence.

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