Birdwatching - 1884 🐦

in Feathered Friends2 months ago

🦉 The Eurasian three-toed woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus)

  • Picoides picus (lat.) woodpecker, -oides similar
  • tridactylus tridaktylos (Greek) three-toed

This is a special species of woodpecker that stays away from its relatives. It occurs rarely, and only in mid-autumn and winter. The rest of the year I didn’t see them anywhere, in any forest.
As you might guess, these woodpeckers have only three toes. However, this does not in the least prevent them from climbing and staying on trees.

Another difference is the yellow cap on the head of males, while in other species of woodpeckers it is red.
And one of the interesting things that I noticed about them is that these guys don’t climb too high. Literally no higher than 3 meters. They quickly inspect the trees and move on to another.

Nikon D5200Tamron SP AF 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD