White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos


Bird, J.P., Martin, R., Akçakaya, H.R., Gilroy, J., Burfield, I.J., Garnett, S.G., Symes, A., Taylor, J., Şekercioğlu, Ç.H. and Butchart, S.H.M. 2020. Generation lengths of the world’s birds and their implications for extinction risk. Conservation Biology 34(5): 1252-1261.

BirdLife International. 2015. European Red List of Birds. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg.

Blicharska, M., Baxter, P.W. and Mikusiñski, G. 2014. Practical implementation of species’ recovery plans – lessons from the White-backed Woodpecker Action Plan in Sweden. Ornis Fennica 91(2): 108-128.

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J. 2002. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 7: Jacamars to Woodpeckers. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

Gärdenfors, U. 2010. Rödlistade arter i Sverige - The 2010 Red List of Swedish Species. ArtDatabanken, SLU, Uppsala.

Gorman, G. 2014. Woodpeckers of the World: the Complete Guide. Christopher Helm, London.

Hagemeijer, E.J.M.; Blair, M.J. 1997. The EBCC atlas of European breeding birds: their distribution and abundance. T. and A. D. Poyser, London.

Håpnes, A. 2003. The white-backed woodpecker, highly threatened by forestry. WWF-Norway.

IUCN. 2020. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2020-3. Available at: (Accessed: 10 December 2020).

Mild, K. and Stighäll, K. 2005. Action Plan for the Conservation of the Swedish Population of White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos). Report 5486. In: Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (ed.). Stockholm, Sweden.

Winkler, H. and Christie, D.A. 2002. White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. and de Juana, E. (eds), Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive, Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Further resources

Detailed species account from European Red List of Birds (BirdLife International 2015)

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Media resources

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Dendrocopos leucotos. Downloaded from on 19/08/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 19/08/2022.