Green Woodpecker Picus viridis

Green Woodpecker male
Green Woodpecker female
The colourful Green Woodpecker is native to temperate Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus. It has a bright red cap, red moustache bordered with black (male) and blue-white irises.
Green Woodpecker male
Green Woodpecker male
Greenwoodpecker male
It will visit gardens looking for ants' nests.
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Green woodpecker male
Green woodpecker male
It has a call like a car alarm or cackling laugh (called a yaffle).
Green Woodpecker female
Green Woodpecker female
Green Woodpecker female
The female Green Woodpecker has similar plumage but with a black moustache.
Green Woodpecker female
Green Woodpecker female
Green Woodpecker female
Its close relative, the Grey-headed Woodpecker, Picus canus, overlaps its range in continental Europe and into Russia but is not prevalent in the UK.
Green Woodpecker juvenile
Green Woodpecker juvenile
Green Woodpecker speckled juvenile
The juvenile is similar but with a speckled front and back.
Green woodpecker tongue
green woodpecker
Green woodpecker
Although called a woodpecker, it is more usually seen digging its beak in grass looking for insects, especially ants. Woodpeckers have extremely long, sticky tongues to scoop out insects.