Saturday, 16 April 2022

Eurasian Green Woodpecker pair

A pair of Eurasian Green Woodpeckers (Picus viridis) change over at the nest. April, 2002, Nógrád, Hungary (Gerard Gorman).

Thursday, 3 March 2022

Monograph on the White-backed Woodpecker complex (in French)

A very good booklet has just been published in French by a fellow picid researcher J.L. GRANGÉ. English translation is: Monograph on the White-backed Woodpecker complex (Dendrocopos leucotos), published by the French Society of Ornithological Studies (SEOF) as a special issue of their international review Alauda (Vol. 90 (1), 2022). Summary: The White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos is one of the woodpecker species specialized in a very specific trophic niche: mature forests with predominance of deciduous trees, rich in dead wood and sapro-xylophilic insects.Its wide geographical distribution has allowed a diversification of populations in many sub-specific taxa. The “form” of the mountains in the south of our continent, called Pic de Lilford, is present in the western Pyrenees mountains (France-Spain). This special issue traces the story of its discovery and analyzes the taxonomic treatment reserved for it at present, with the description and illustration of the subspecies and their physical characteristics. The various aspects of the life of the species (ecology, reproduction) are then developed. An introductory chapter presents the adaptations of the Picidae family, including many that are original to the avian world. Finally, we discuss the rôle of Woodpeckers in the forest and recommended some conservation measures. The book (152 pages) is abundantly illustrated (28 color plates) with many unpublished documents, biographical appendices and more than 600 bibliographical references. Price is 24 Euros including shipping. Orders can be sent to www.gopa-pyrenees.fr

Saturday, 29 January 2022

THE WRYNECK - the book is out!

When the likes of Prof. Dr. Zahner (a top-notch German picid expert) praises your work, its a great feeling...

Friday, 24 September 2021

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Eurasian Green Woodpecker - close-up

Eurasian Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) close-up. Hungary, September 2021. Image by Gerard Gorman. This is a female, note the all-black malar stripe (sometimes called moustache). Males have red.   

Wednesday, 11 August 2021