British wildlife recordings

Picoides minor : Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - Picidae

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:02:35

  • Shelf mark

    W1CDR0001495 BD2

  • Subjects

    Birds

  • Recording date

    1978/04/16

  • Recording locations

    Old Dean Common, Camberley, Surrey: OS Grid Reference(488500,160500)

  • Recordist

    Williams, Aubrey John

  • Species

    Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Picoides minor

  • Description

    Drumming sound made by the lesser spotted woodpecker recorded at Camberley, Surrey. 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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