The Great Spotted Woodpecker has a crimson abdomen. The adult male has a crimson mark on the nape of his neck.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker has been seen at a Nature Reserve near Driffield in Yorkshire. This woodpecker has ORANGE markings on its abdomen and also on the nape of its neck.
This is really interesting and it’s causing a lot of interest. Most people think this is a genetic reason – a little like blackbirds that have some white feathers.
I suppose nature is always changing – nothing it static.