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 42 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 3 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 21 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 9 weeks ago 4.8
Adult male flying
Locality Varberg, Halland County, Sweden
GunnarPettersson 25 May 2014 12 weeks ago 4.6
Male feeding on a tree.
Locality Kittan, Jädraås, Gävleborg County, Sweden
Ivan Sjögren 20 March 2011 11 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 9 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
Locality Hamburg, Germany (ssp martius)
tolanger 22 May 2015 1 week ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4
SoundsSee all 19 recordings
drumming Locality Brandenburg, Germany
Joe Klaiber 10 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 46 weeks ago 4
Calling Black Woodpecker. Locality Normafa, Budapest, Hungary
Gerard Gorman 8 February 2011 3 years ago 4