Green Woodpecker

Picus viridis

Green Woodpecker




30cm to 34cm


40cm to 42cm


180g to 220g

About the Green Woodpecker

The green woodpecker is the largest member of the woodpecker family that breed in the UK. They have a long, powerful bill which is used to dig into ant colonies for food.

They have a red mark on the top of the head and beautiful green upperparts, which are slightly paler on their underparts.

Green woodpeckers have a loud, laughing like call and are relatively smooth when in flight.

What do Green Woodpeckers eat?

Their diets mainly consist of ants. They use their beaks to dig down into colonies.

Other birds in the Woodpeckers family