Woodpeckers in Norway

Many people think that woodpeckers are funny birds—both because of the fabulous colours but also because of their characteristic silhouette and behaviour. At the same time, they can be very annoying when they are hammering on a house wall. So it might not be surprising that woodpeckers stars both funny and annoying roles in cartoons.

How Many Different Woodpecker Species Are Present in Norway?
We have 7 real woodpecker species in Norway, in addition to the Eurasian Wryneck. These seven species are Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, European Green Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, and Three-Toed Woodpecker.

Woodpeckers in Norway

Are Woodpeckers Migrating Birds?
The Eurasian Wryneck, which looks quite different from the other species, is the only one migrating south before the winter. It is also the only one that does not peck holes but rather goes looking for a “completed residence”.

Are Woodpeckers Protected?
Yes, all of the woodpecker species in Norway are protected.

How Big Are the Woodpeckers?
Their size vary from the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, about the same size as a Common Chaffinch, to the Black Woodpecker, about the size of a Hooded Crow.

What Do Woodpeckers Eat?
Woodpeckers mainly eat insects. See also Birds in the Garden.

Why Doesn’t Woodpeckers Get Brain Concussions From Pecking?
First and foremost because they have an extra thick and shock-absorbing cranium, providing protection for the brain. Additionally, the beak is constructed in a way that makes it shock-absorbing, and they have a strong nape.

Why Does Woodpeckers Peck on Metal Plates?
The drumming is in a sense the woodpecker’s way of singing. When drumming on metal plates, for example on the top of a telephone pole, the sound will be even louder.

Where Can You Find Woodpeckers in Norway?
Just like with other birds, you have to visit different kind of biotope to get the full range. Generally speaking, old forest or deciduous forest in particular is very popular among many woodpeckers.


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Recommendations on Where to Find Woodpeckers in Norway

Although woodpeckers inhabit almost the entire country, here are some suggestions on where it is easier to find woodpeckers in Norway.

When new birding locations are added, the list will be updated.