The breeding activities and spatial use of territory in the nearly monomorphic Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor were studied in a subalpine forest in central Norway. The male tended to take a greater share than the female in nest construction (65 %) and nestling feeding (64 %), whereas their contribution was nearly equal in the incubation period (male 52 % vs female 48 %). During the last ten days the young were in the nest, the male fed the nestlings 6.9 times/h, significantly more often than the female (5.6 times/h). The two sexes showed little spatial overlap in their territory during the nestling period, suggesting that male and female Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers practise horizontal separation of their territory.
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