French: Pic de Nubie German: Nubierspecht Spanish: Pito de Nubia
Nubia, north Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
C. n. nubica
(Boddaert, 1783) – WC & NE Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and NW & SW Somalia S to NE DRCongo (Beni, Rutshuru Plain), adjacent W Uganda, Kenya and C & SW Tanzania (Morogoro and Rukwa Valley); possibly this taxon in E Rwanda.
C. n. pallida
(Sharpe, 1902) – E & S Somalia and coastal Kenya.
c. 23 cm; 46–71 g. Male has red forehead to nape, white supercilium, streaky black stripe from just in front of eye to rear crown side, white ear-coverts streaked dark... read more
Loud, shrill, metallic, accelerating “weee-weee-weee...kweek”, dying away at end, as... read more
Drier bushland, bushy grassland, riverine woodland, and open woodland; occurs in Euphorbia... read more
Food and feeding
Diet almost entirely ants; also termites (Isoptera), other insects; also spiders. Observed mainly singly, but pair-members keep vocal... read more
Nov–Mar in Ethiopia; Jan–Feb, and eggs found also end Jun and mid-Nov, in Somalia; Jun–Jul in Uganda; from Feb in Zaire;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to very common and patchily distributed throughout Somalia; fairly common and widespread in E Africa; race pallida uncommon in... read more
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