The Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus occurs over a wide area of temperate Eurasia, from continental Europe to China, Korea and northern Japan. Across this vast range the species inhabits a variety of open woodland habitats, mainly deciduous but in some areas birds will visit conifer plantations to forage (Rolstad & Rolstad 1995; Winkler et al. 1995). In central Europ


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