French: Pic de Bennett German: Bennettspecht Spanish: Pito de Bennett
North West Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. b. bennettii
(A. Smith, 1836) – WC Angola E to SE DRCongo and Rwanda, possibly also Uganda (Merama Hills), and to W & S Tanzania, S to W Malawi, NE South Africa and S Mozambique; possibly this taxon in E Rwanda.
C. b. capricorni
Strickland, 1853 – S Angola, SW Zambia, and adjacent N Namibia and Botswana.
c. 24 cm; 61–84 g. Male has red forehead, crown and nape, forehead with small grey feather bases, broad red malar stripe with scattered black feather bases; neck side... read more
Most frequent are “chuur” notes, and long series varying from “wi-wi-wi-wi” or “kee-kee-kee” to “... read more
Well-developed mature woodland and bush country. Typically, miombo (Brachystegia) and gusu... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily ants, and termites (Isoptera) and their eggs; occasionally other insects and larvae. Rather social, regularly in pairs or family... read more
Aug–Feb; peak in Oct- Nov in S. Hole excavated by both sexes, at 2–10 m in dead tree or in dead section of live tree, old hole... read more
Resident; some short-distance post-breeding movement from arid areas to more favourable ones.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Everywhere variable in abundance, and with patchy distribution; locally common, in some places rare; absent from large parts of general range.
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