Together we discover more! Donate

Iberian Green Woodpecker
Picus sharpei (Saunders, H, 1872)

Taxonomy conform IOC World Bird List


  • Palearctic : Iberian Peninsula
Iberian Green Woodpecker is split from European Green Woodpecker P. viridis (Pons et al. 2011; Perktas et al. 2011).



Near Threatened


This recently-split species is undergoing moderately rapid declines in Spain, which holds the vast majority of the population. It has therefore been uplisted to Near Threatened as it almost meets the requirements for listing as threatened under criteria A2abc+3bc+4abc.


This species is found in relatively dry open woodland, both deciduous and mixed, as well as plantations, orchards, farmland and pastures, parks and gardens and locally in grassy dunes. It requires some mature trees and clearings with adjacent grassland and is found in the lowlands and hills to mountains up to ca. 3,000 m. It lays from the end of March to June. Both parents incubate the clutch which is usually five to eight eggs. The nest is excavated at up to 10 m in a tree (del Hoyo et al. 2015). It feeds on ground-dwelling ants. Other insects are taken on the ground or in trees and occasionally fruit is taken too (Gorman 2014). The species is resident, with some local movements outside the breeding season (del Hoyo et al. 2015).


Data Number
Loading statistics...
Updated at: 2024-02-19 09:58:08
User Observations
Loading statistics...

External links




This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience.