The Green Woodpecker is supposedly a fairly common bird in the UK (c. 52,000 pairs) but we see it only rarely in the garden. The Great Spotted Woodpecker is a more regular visitor and often comes to feed on the peanuts in the bird feeders.
The Green Woodpecker is the largest of the British Woodpeckers and is the size of a large pigeon. It typically feeds on ants probing ant nests with its strong beak and long tongue.
This individual is an adult male as it has a crimson-centred moustache. The female has a black moustache.
It seems that the Green Woodpecker (unlike the Great Spotted Woodpecker) does not drum. Their song is a very characteristic loud ringing laugh (click to play)
Audio credit: Olivier Grosselet, Xeno-canto