What sort of bird is this?

juniper

Active Member
Saw this bird in my garden this morning, and haven't a clue what it is. Tried pasting it into google images but it didn't recognise it either - anyone any ideas please? Thanks.....:)
 

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fizl

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Google images says a green woodpecker :)
 

johntheexpat

Distinguished Member
There seem to be a lot of them around at the moment. They are one of the few bird species that our cats seem wary of. Can't think why :laugh::laugh:
 

Solomon Grundy

Distinguished Member
I saw one of those a couple of years ago in the garden of the B&B we stayed at when visiting the Air tattoo. Didn't have a clue what it was at the time and had to do some research to find out it was a Green Woodpecker.
 

Fozzybear

Well-known Member
There seem to be a lot of them around at the moment. They are one of the few bird species that our cats seem wary of. Can't think why :laugh::laugh:

They're hard as nails and the cats are dumb but not THAT dumb! :laugh: The young birds spread out in the late summer and autumn looking for a territory and so you do tend to see them a lot more at that time of year. I seem to hear them more often than I see them, they have a very distinctive laughing call (known as a 'yaffle').
 

gibbsy

Moderator
It's a green woodpecker. Get loads in our garden because we live on a mountain next to a woodland of mixed conifer and native trees.
 

apul

Active Member
Something I didn't know
From the BTO website
TitBit: The tongue of the Green Woodpecker is so long (10cm) it has to be curled round its skull. The tongue, which is armed with barbs at the end is used for extracting ants.
 

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