In the grey zone

In the northern part of Germany, the distribution of the Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus
shows a larger gap. At the respective edges, the species is consequently found only very
irregularly – the species is a breeding bird only in small numbers very locally.

While I was able to observe Grey-headed Woodpeckers regularly during my time in Leipzig,
I never had the opportunity to observe this especially beautiful woodpecker in Berlin.
In the Spreewald area where I live now is a small population and so I have been re-connected
to them.

In Leipzig, I never tried to sound record woodpeckers because the best place is the so-called
Auwald (flood plain forest)- a forest belt that runs through the middle of the city and is
therefore extremely noisy. That’s over now.

Some other sounds of other woodpecker species are also included in this audio recording
so that you can practise your bird ID skills. Enjoy!

PFR21046, 05/03/2023, Germany
Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus canus, male, excitement calls, song, drumming
Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major pinetorum, female, drumming
Black Woodpecker Dryocopos martius martius, song, drumming
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