Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) - HBW 7, p. 527
French: Pic noir
Spanish: Picamaderos Negro
Other common names: Great Black Woodpecker
Taxonomy: Picus martius Linnaeus, 1758, Europe = Sweden.
Size varies clinally, decreasing from N to S and, in Asia, from E to W; birds from S Europe E to Transcaucasia sometimes separated as race pinetorum (slightly smaller than N breeders) and those from E Asia as reichenowi (on average larger than W Asian populations), but much overlap occurs in measurements, and racial separation not warranted. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- martius (Linnaeus, 1758) - Europe from Spain, France and Scandinavia (N to Arctic Circle), S to Balkans and N Turkey, and E in broad belt across Asian taiga (S to Altai Mts, N Mongolia) to Kamchatka, Sakhalin and Japan (Hokkaido, extreme N Honshu), NE China and Korea; also Caucasus and N Iran.
- khamensis (Buturlin, 1908) - SW China and Tibet (Qinghai S to NW Yunnan).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 41 videos
The very first flight of a young black woodpecker. Locality Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Mario Becker 1 year ago 49 sec 4.9
A male feeding well-developed nestlings (females). Locality Basovizza, Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region, Italy (ssp martius)
Pierandrea Brichetti 10 May 2012 1 year ago 50 sec 4.8
female bird making a hole Locality Gelderland Province, Netherlands (ssp martius)
Daniêl Jimenez 15 April 2014 1 year ago 1 min 45 sec 4.8
A bird drilling a trunk and eating larvas. capture scenes replayed at slow motion. Locality Sceaux, Île-de-France, France
Robert Mouchard 3 May 2008 5 years ago 1 min 51 sec 4.7
An adult female feeding at the nest two chicks(one female and one male) Locality Navarre, Spain
Javier Ortas 1 June 2012 2 years ago 31 sec 4.7
The male bird tries to lure the young out of the nest. But finally the young female leaves the nest, her first flight into the b Locality Gelderland Province, Netherlands (ssp martius)
Yoel Jimenez 25 May 2014 1 year ago 1 min 47 sec 4.7
PhotosSee all 20 photos
Woodpecker family photo with 2 baby girls in the nest hole. The pair also have a son but he has flown out already.
Locality Antwerp Province, Belgium
Stijn_De_Win_Birding2Asia 26 May 2015 5 weeks ago 4.8
Adult male flying
Locality Varberg, Halland County, Sweden
GunnarPettersson 25 May 2014 8 weeks ago 4.6
Male feeding on a tree.
Locality Kittan, Jädraås, Gävleborg County, Sweden
Ivan Sjögren 20 March 2011 7 weeks ago 4.3
Son and daughter woodpecker now being fed by both mama and papa every 20 minutes.
Locality Antwerp Province, Belgium
Stijn_De_Win_Birding2Asia 25 May 2015 5 weeks ago 4.2
Young birds just after leaving the nest-hole in beech
Locality Stolowe (Table) Mountains National Park, Lower Silesian Province, Poland
Romuald Mikusek 29 May 2010 1 year ago 4.1
This male Black woodpecker is climbing up a tree in search for food.
Locality Bavaria, Germany (ssp martius)
Hermann Brehm 15 January 2014 50 weeks ago 4
SoundsSee all 18 recordings
drumming Locality Brandenburg, Germany
Joe Klaiber 7 weeks ago 5
Bird's drumming, 3x in Odenwald forest in the vicinity of Weinheim. Locality Weinheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Roland Bischoff 21 June 2011 1 year ago 4.5
single call in Odenwald forest in the vicinity of Weinheim Locality Weinheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Roland Bischoff 16 June 2011 1 year ago 4.5
Typicall calls. Locality Rambouillet Forest, Yvelines, Île-de-France, France
Julien Rochefort 19 October 2009 5 years ago 4.3
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A young bird calling. Locality Songsvann Lake, Oslo, Oslo & Akershus, Norway
Eric Roualet 29 June 2014 42 weeks ago 4
Calling Black Woodpecker. Locality Normafa, Budapest, Hungary
Gerard Gorman 8 February 2011 3 years ago 4