The animal on the cover of MySQL Stored Procedure Programming is a middle spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius). Often mistaken for the more common great spotted woodpecker, the middle spotted woodpecker is distinguished by its smaller size and bright red crown. The bird can be found high among the trees in the deciduous forests of Europe and southwest Asia. Preferring oaks, hornbeams, and elms, the woodpecker tends to stay in the same area once it finds a patchwork of these trees. Despite their non-migratory nature, middle spotted woodpeckers are constantly on the move, making them difficult to spot and a rare treat for birdwatchers.
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