Dendrocopos major female (8)
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The Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) is a member of the woodpecker family, Picidae.
It is distributed throughout Europe and northern Asia. It is largely resident except in the colder regions of its range.
It is an inhabitant of woodlands and parks, depending for food and nesting sites upon old trees. It is often an inconspicuous bird, in spite of the plumage. The large white shoulder patch is a feature that catches the eye.