A woodpecker chick.

A Woodpecker Chick

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This woodpecker chick was hiding on the ground in a ditch when I have found it.

A woodpecker chick.

A woodpecker chick (Dendrocopus sp.) in Hungary.

It was probably a young Syrian woodpecker (Dendrocopos syriacus), but I am not entirely certain.

It seemed to be unable to fly and there was a large number of domestic cats in the area. I did not quite want to handle it but I did not feel right just leaving it there either. Fortunately I have managed to get it to perch on a stick long enough to lift it to a nearby tree. The young woodpecker then quickly climbed up and disappeared in the crown of the tree.

A woodpecker chick.

The same woodpecker chick up in a tree.

Further Readings:

Woodpecker on Wikipedia.
Syrian woodpecker on Wikipedia.
Last updated: July 3, 2014

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