Apart from its tiny size you can easily recognise one because its upperparts are crossed with numerous narrow white bars instead of big white patches.

The female has no red on her head but the male has a red crown.

When flying the Lesser Spotted is so small you may not even think its a woodpecker at all but the rounded wings and short pointed tail should provide clues.


Breeds and winters in deciduous woodland, parks and orchards.


Resident although northern and eastern populations can be nomadic.

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