French: Pic d’Arabie German: Araberspecht Spanish: Pico árabe
Bates and Kinnear
Ukadh, Taif-Mecca road, Arabia
SW Arabian Peninsula in narrow band from just N of Mecca S to W South Yemen.
18 cm; one male 41·5 g. Male has crimson-red hindcrown and nape, olive-grey to brown hindneck; rest of head variably brownish to light grey-brown or dark brown, paler streaks... read more
Common vocalization “pweek pit-pit-pit-pit-pit-pit-pit-ptptpt”. Occasionally drums,... read more
Inhabits riparian woodland dominated by Cordia abyssinica, well-mixed and dense... read more
Food and feeding
Larvae of wood-boring insects, fig wasps, and aphids and other winged insects recorded as adult and nestling food. Ants living in base of... read more
Mar–May, occasionally from Feb; possibly in Nov in Yemen. Nest excavated mostly at 0·5–6 m up tree trunk or limb in live... read more
Some seasonal altitudinal movements apparent; found down to lowlands in winter, and in summer at... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Generally rather uncommon, locally rare. Population small, estimated at c. 7500 pairs, which equates to 15,000... read more
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