British wildlife recordings

Picoides minor : Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - Picidae

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:01:08

  • Shelf mark

    W1CDR0001429 BD16

  • Subjects

    Birds

  • Recording date

    1963

  • Recording locations

    Bicton farm: OS Grid Reference(284500,90500)

  • Recordist

    Shove, Lawrence

  • Species

    Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Picoides minor

  • Description

    This is a recording of the lesser spotted woodpecker drumming on a tree trunk. As is the case for many of our birds, the lesser spotted woodpecker has seen dramatic declines in recent years and is now classed as a Red List species. Not much bigger than a sparrow, these illusive birds are usually found high in the woodland canopy where they drum against tree trunks and produce a soft ‘pee pee pee’ call. Males alone possess bright the red crown while both sexes have the distinctive black and white markings. Their distribution is restricted to England, with the largest populations occurring in the south east.

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