The black woodpecker is the biggest woodpecker of Europe and is 45 to 55 cm long with a 64 to 84 cm wingspan. Size of a crow, with white iris, entirely black apart from a red crown. In males, the entire crown is red, but in females only the top hind crown is red with the rest of the body all black. The black woodpecker you can find from Western Europe except for the UK and northern Scandanavia.
These pictures where made in Germany and in the Netherlands. Where you can find them in more older woods.