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Great Spots are found widely throughout Britain, they are common in woodland and readily visit garden feeders. Lesser Spots are scarce and rarely seen. So you are much more likely to see a Great Spot than a Lesser Spot.

You can easily tell the difference………..

GreatSpot PhilLuckhurst MapleLodge 15438293420 250Great Spotted Woodpecker © Phil LuckhurstGreat Spots are quite large the size of a Starling or Blackbird.

They have a crimson patch under the tail, a clearly defined black and white back and spotted wings.

Males have a red patch on the back of the head, females do not.

LesserSpot TimPreston 2015 250Lesser Spotted Woodpecker © Tim PrestonLesser Spots are tiny, the size of a Sparrow or Chaffinch.

There is no red under the tail and the back and wings have black and white bars/stripes.

Males have red on the top of the head, females do not.

For more detailed information on how to tell them apart watch BTO woodpecker identification video

LSW TimPreston 256Lesser Spotted Woodpecker © Tim Preston

Don't confuse juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers with male Lesser Spots - they both have red caps!

Dont confuse your woodpeckers

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