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Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus
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IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Medium
Land mass type   Average mass -


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 2,630,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Increasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 5.2 - - -
Population justification: In Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number 530000-1100000 breeding pairs, equating to 1590000-3300000 individuals (BirdLife International 2004). Europe forms 50-74% of the global range, so a very preliminary estimate of the global population size is 2150000-6600000 individuals, although further validation of this estimate is needed.
Trend justification: This species has extended its range greatly. Formerly restricted to the eastern Mediterranean, it is now found throughout the Balkans, into central Europe, including Hungary and Poland. Agricultural development and other human activities have probably enabled this expansion (del Hoyo et al. 2002). In Europe, trends since 1980 are uncertain, based on provisional data for 21 countries from the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (EBCC/RSPB/BirdLife/Statistics Netherlands; P. Vorisek in litt. 2008).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Albania Native Extant Yes      
Armenia Native Extant Yes      
Austria Native Extant       Yes
Azerbaijan Native Extant       Yes
Belarus Native Extant       Yes
Bosnia and Herzegovina Native Extant Yes      
Bulgaria Native Extant       Yes
Croatia Native Extant       Yes
Czech Republic Native Extant       Yes
Egypt Native Extant       Yes
Georgia Native Extant Yes      
Germany Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Greece Native Extant       Yes
Hungary Native Extant       Yes
Iran, Islamic Republic of Native Extant       Yes
Iraq Native Extant       Yes
Israel Native Extant Yes      
Jordan Native Extant       Yes
Lebanon Native Extinct       Yes
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Native Extant       Yes
Moldova Native Extant       Yes
Montenegro Native Extant Yes      
Palestinian Authority Territories Native Extant       Yes
Poland Native Extant Yes      
Romania Native Extant       Yes
Russia (European) Native Extant Yes      
Serbia Native Extant Yes      
Slovakia Native Extant       Yes
Slovenia Native Extant Yes      
Spain Native Extant   Yes    
Syria Native Extant       Yes
Turkey Native Extant       Yes
Ukraine Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Bulgaria Kamchiyska Mountain site factsheet
Bulgaria Ludogorie site factsheet
Bulgaria Provadiysko-Royaksko plateau site factsheet
Bulgaria Sakar site factsheet
Bulgaria Sinite Kamani-Grebenets site factsheet
Bulgaria Western Balkan site factsheet
Bulgaria Western Strandzha site factsheet
Bulgaria Zlatiata site factsheet
Czech Republic Bzenecka Doubrava-Straznicke Pomoravi site factsheet
Czech Republic Hovoransko-Cejkovicko site factsheet
Czech Republic Pálava site factsheet
Czech Republic Podyji site factsheet
Greece Filiouri river valley and east Rodopi mountains site factsheet
Greece Kompsatos valley site factsheet
Greece Mount Kouskouras site factsheet
Greece Nestos delta and coastal lagoons site factsheet
Greece Northern Evros and Ardas riparian forest site factsheet
Poland Grzeda Sokalska Beechwood site factsheet
Poland Lower San River Valley site factsheet
Poland Lower Wieprz River Valley site factsheet
Poland Malopolska Wisla river gap site factsheet
Poland Middle Bug river valley site factsheet
Poland Mircze Site site factsheet
Poland Nida Rivar Valley site factsheet
Poland Sandomierz Forest site factsheet
Poland Sieniawa Forest site factsheet
Poland Tyszowce Site site factsheet
Poland Upper Huczwa River Catchment site factsheet
Romania Aliman - Adamclisi site factsheet
Romania Allah Bair - Capidava site factsheet
Romania Avrig - Scorei - Făgăraş site factsheet
Romania Dealurile Dorobanţu site factsheet
Romania Dumbrăveni - Plopeni site factsheet
Romania Dunăre - Canarale - Hârşova site factsheet
Romania Dunărea Veche (Braţul Măcin) site factsheet
Romania Hagieni forest site factsheet
Romania Măcin - Niculiţel site factsheet
Romania Podişul Hârtibaciului site factsheet
Slovakia Dolné Považie site factsheet
Slovakia Malá Fatra site factsheet
Slovakia Malé Karpaty site factsheet
Slovakia Poiplie site factsheet
Slovakia Vychodoslovenska plain site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Plantations suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Urban Areas suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane suitable resident
Forest Temperate suitable resident
Shrubland Mediterranean-type Shrubby Vegetation suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 2700 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Dendrocopos syriacus. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Species name author (Ehrenberg, 1833)
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Increasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 2,630,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- 2015 European Red List assessment