Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Near Threatened

Stierling's Woodpecker (Dendropicos stierlingi)


Taxonomy

French: Pic de Stierling German: Stierlingspecht Spanish: Pito de Stierling
Taxonomy:

Dendropicos stierlingi

Reichenow

, 1901,

Songea, Tanzania

.

Relationships uncertain. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Tanzania (Songea, Lindi), N Mozambique and adjacent SW Malawi; possibly also E Zambia.

Descriptive notes

c. 17–18 cm; 25–31 g. Male has blackish-brown forehead and forecrown, in fresh plumage with narrow pale feather edges, red hindcrown and nape, white neck side and... read more

Voice

Common call somewhat wavering “pi-di-di, da-da-di, da-da-da-da, da-da”, as territorial and long-... read more

Habitat

Inhabits rich miombo (Brachystegia) woodland, from lowlands up to 1500 m.

Food and feeding

Diet includes insects and their larvae; occasionally centipedes (Chilopoda). Occurs singly or in pairs; associates loosely with mixed-... read more

Breeding

Season probably Jul–Oct; nestlings in Aug in Malawi, juvenile observed in Nov in Tanzania; juvenile also reported in Mar in NW... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Not uncommon in most parts of small range, but rather localized. A generally little-known species, with few... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2017). Stierling's Woodpecker (Dendropicos stierlingi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/56200 on 25 May 2017).