French: Pic à taches noires German: Pünktchenspecht Spanish: Pito salpicado
Subspecies and Distribution
C. p. punctuligera
(Wagler, 1827) – SW Mauritania (c. 60 km N of Rosso) and Senegambia E to SW Sudan and S to C Ivory Coast (Lamto), Ghana (Mole), S Nigeria (Abeokuta), C Cameroon (Mt Zoro and Mbakaou) and NE DRCongo (upper Uele Valley).
C. p. balia
(Heuglin, 1871) – South Sudan to extreme NE DRCongo.
c. 22 cm; 56–74 g. Male has red forehead to nape, crown feathers with small grey bases, white supercilium faintly streaked at rear, blackish rear eyestripe, whitish ear... read more
Repeated “kweeyer” or “peer”, like call of Jynx torquilla or Common Kestrel (Falco... read more
Wooded savanna, and acacia (Acacia) grassland with scattered or widely scattered trees and... read more
Food and feeding
Ants and their larvae, as well as termites (Isoptera), form bulk of diet, including that of nestlings. Commonly in pairs or family parties... read more
Season Jun–Aug in Senegambia, Apr–May in Sierra Leone, from Feb in Nigeria; Nov to early Apr or to Jun in Zaire. Nest excavated... read more
Resident; possibly some local seasonal movements in Senegambia.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally considered to be common or at least locally common. Widespread and common in Senegambia; not uncommon in Sierra Leone; common and... read more
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