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great spotted woodpecker

n. A species of woodpecker, (taxlink Dendrocopos major species noshow=1).

Great spotted woodpecker

The great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) is a bird species of the woodpecker family (Picidae). The genus name Dendrocopus is a combination of the Greek words ''dendron '', meaning "tree" and kopos, "striking ". The specific major is from Latinmaior, "greater".

It is distributed throughout Europe and northern Asia, and usually resident year-round except in the colder parts of its range. It is not considered a threatened species by the IUCN, being widely distributed and quite common. A significant recent increase in the British population has resulted in the recolonisation of Ireland.