Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Dendrocopos minor

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker




14cm to 15cm


25cm to 27cm


17g to 25g

About the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

The lesser spotted woodpecker is the rarest and smallest member of the woodpecker family that are residents here in the UK. You can easily tell the difference between males and females as the males have a red crown on the top of their head.

This woodpecker tends to feed and nest higher than the other species in Britain, and also has a quieter tapping. You're usually made aware of this bird by its drumming and call.

What does a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker eat?

Their diets consist of insects.

Other birds in the Woodpeckers family