The largest of the native British woodpeckers, these have predominately green bodies, pale bellies, with a bright yellow rump and a red crown. They have short tails and a long tough bill. Males have a red centre to the black facial area. Green woodpeckers are quite loud.
Green woodpeckers eat ants, digging deep into the colonies. Green woodpeckers can be seen all year round in England, Wales and areas of southern Scotland.