Iberian Green Woodpecker

Picus sharpei

31 – 35 cm

40 – 42 cm

minor concern

in the fields, chopping on the ground

larvae, insects, ants


The anatomy of this species is fully adapted to its curious habits: it has a very long tongue it uses this to look for insects between the bark of the trees.

When it’s collected, they coil it as a fire hose around the skull, thus using a cushioner, essential to protect the brain when the trees are strongly pecked.

The tail has two especially rigid central feathers that help them to help climb through the trunks, they also use the tail to increase their destructive power when making holes in the trees.