The Green Woodpecker - Pelagic Publishing

The Green Woodpecker

The Natural and Cultural History of Picus viridis

  • Written by a leading authority on European woodpeckers.
  • Thoroughly researched with a detailed bibliography of international sources. 
  • Illustrated with many exceptional colour photographs.

    • birds
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    • ornithology
    • taxonomy


    This book describes the natural and cultural history of an iconic and unusual woodpecker – a species that nests in tree cavities but which forages mostly on the ground. The Green Woodpecker, known in folk English as the Yaffle, is afforded comprehensive coverage in this work, with information on its origins, taxonomy, anatomy, appearance, moult, calls, distribution, conservation status, habitats, movements, breeding, diet and relationships with other wildlife and humans all presented.

    The text is richly illustrated throughout with quality photographs as well as sound spectrograms. Many eye-opening observations of Green Woodpecker behaviour are detailed. This all-encompassing and engaging account has been written for a wide audience, whether professional ornithologist, citizen scientist, amateur birder, woodpecker aficionado and simply someone who wishes to learn more about this curious and remarkable bird.

    DOI: 10.53061/RYMI8301

    About the Author

    Gerard Gorman is a global authority on the Picidae. He has published numerous papers and six previous books on this fascinating family of birds, including Woodpeckers of the World: The Complete Guide (2014) and The Wryneck (2022). For the past 30 years he has travelled the world studying woodpeckers, believing that time in the field is the only way to really get to know them. He lives in Budapest and is a founder member and current leader of the Hungarian Woodpecker Working Group. 

    Bibliographic Information

    • 192 pages
    • Colour illustrations
    • BISAC SCI070040, SCI087000, NAT043000