The great spotted woodpecker is a species of bird in the woodpecker family (Picidae). The small woodpecker inhabits large parts of northern Eurasia and North Africa and inhabits forests of almost every kind as well as parks and tree-rich gardens. The food is sought in all strata of the forest, but especially in the treetops. It consists of both animal parts, and, especially in winter, from plant material. The food spectrum is very broad and includes various insects and other invertebrates as well as small vertebrates and bird eggs, seeds, berries and other fruits as well as tree juices.
The species is common and the stock is increasing at least in Europe. The Great Spotted Woodpecker is therefore classified by the IUCN as a "least concern".