French: Picumne de Verreaux German: Graubauch-Mausspecht Spanish: Carpinterito africano
J. P. Verreaux and J. B. É. Verreaux
S Cameroon and SW Central African Republic E to SW Uganda (Bwamba Forest), S to NW Angola (S to Cuanza Norte, N Lunda Norte) and SC & SW DRCongo; a few isolated records in recent decades from Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana indicate existence of small population in forests of Upper Guinea#R#R#R.
9–10 cm; 7–10·5 g. The only African piculet; appearance might initially recall a crombec (Sylvietta). Male has chestnut to rufous forehead, olive-... read more
Weak high trill, “ti-ti-ti-ti-ti-ti” or piercing, sunbird-like “see-see-see-see-... read more
Inhabits humid forest, mainly in ecotone between primary and secondary growth, also gallery forest... read more
Food and feeding
Principal food made up of wood-boring beetle larvae; also consumes adult beetles and other insects, but appears not to take ants. Commonly... read more
Laying dates span Jun–Feb; juvenile collected in Mar in Angola. Nest excavated 1–5 m above ground in narrow branch, entrance 2... read more
Essentially resident. Several records from Upper Guinea, including two from Liberia, three from... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common, e.g. in parts of Gabon; common in Bwamba Forest in Uganda; not uncommon in Angola. Occurs at Mount Kupé and in... read more
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