Picus (Campothera) [sic] mombassicus
G. A. Fischer and Reichenow, 1884,
Closely related to C. abingoni and C. notata. Often treated as conspecific with former, but differs in slightly smaller size (mean wing 106, n=5, vs 114, n=5) (at least 1); greatly reduced buff flecking and barring on upperparts, creating much plainer look (2); pale, vaguely spotted to plain throat vs throat with strong blackish markings which extend around neck sides to form blackish-toned mantle (3); markedly different voice (assume 2). Apparent hybrid individuals, with appearance intermediate between C. abingoni suahelica and present species, recorded from EC Tanzania and from just S of Mt Kilimanjaro; further study desirable. Monotypic.
S Somalia, coastal Kenya (including R Tana inland to Garissa) and NE Tanzania.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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