Lesser Spotted Woodpecker


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STATUS
Sedentary. 

ABUNDANCE
Scarce in general terms. A species currently in expansion.

HABITAT
Frequents all types of oakwoods (Cork-Oak woods, mixed dehesas, Pyrenean-Oak woods) and riverside thickets and copses; in lower numbers, also in orchards and Sweet- Chestnut woods.

SEASONAL BEHAVIOUR
Seen all year, although easiest to detect at the start of the breeding season when it calls most (especially in March). 

DISTRIBUTION
Much more numerous in Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche than elsewhere in the region, occupying practically the whole of the district with decent densities in some parts (Cork-Oak woods between Aracena and Alájar, the Huelva part of Tentudía). In Sierra Morena Sevillana a small population was discovered in 2002 in Rivera de Huéznar, and in 2005 its distribution was found to stretch from there to the border with Huelva; subsequently recorded in Cerro del Hierro and the easternmost woods of the Seville sierra. Finally, in 2011, it was also found in the western part of Sierra de Hornachuelos, from where it is now likely to continue colonising eastwards. No records from Jaén as yet.

COMMENTS
This is one of our marquee species since Sierra Morena accounts for Andalusia’s complete Lesser Spotted Woodpecker population.