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The Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis)

Monday, 17th June 2019

The Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) is a member of the woodpecker family (Picidae). It is one of three types of woodpecker and is the largest. They're very easy to spot...
The Green Woodpecker

Its crown and nape are red, the mantle and wings are green, with a yellowish rump and whitish underparts, the tail and bill are blackish and there is black marking around the white eye. It is usually a shy bird but can draw attention with their loud call that can be heard as a far-carrying laugh or "yaffle".

They are very much a woodland bird and spend much of the time on the ground feeding on ants, beetles and caterpillars. They also extract insects from crevices in trees with their long sticky tongue, and like other woodpeckers, they use their stiff tail feather as a prop when clinging to a tree; their toes are specially arranged with two pointing forwards and two backwards. It is unlike the great spotted woodpecker as it rarely drums.

Suet Puds

If you’re lucky enough to see a green woodpecker in your garden, then you will most likely see them on the lawn, and a good way to welcome these lovely visitors is to provide them with a high-energy food source. At Haith's, we have a large selection of suets and our suet puds are blended with high-quality fat plus seeds you can actually see (unlike many of the cheaper fat balls) to create a rich and plumptious, nutritiously safe fat ball.
 
Live mealworms

Also, live mealworms are rich in protein (48%) and fat (40%); they are vegetarian larvae and are clean and odourless. Feeding live mealworms can encourage more bird activity quickly because - as the birds flutter around the garden - the movement of the mealworms is more likely to catch their attention. Mealworms are relished by many species of bird and can be easily fed from a ground feeder or bird table.

We're of course biased and feel there's no better way to feed birds than provide high-quality, Haith's super-clean seeds as that’s what’s best for Britain’s beautiful birds.

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