French: Pic barbu German: Namaspecht Spanish: Pito namaqua
A. A. H. Lichtenstein
Subspecies and Distribution
D. n. schoensis
(Rüppell, 1842) – Ethiopia, NW & S Somalia and N Kenya.
D. n. namaquus
(A. A. H. Lichtenstein, 1793) – W Central African Republic E to S Sudan, Uganda and W & S Kenya, and from W & S Angola across to SE DRCongo and Tanzania, S to W & C Namibia, Botswana, N South Africa and N & C Mozambique.
D. n. coalescens
(Clancey, 1958) – C & S Mozambique and E South Africa.
24–27 cm; 61–89 g. Male has black forehead and forecrown with small white spots, red hindcrown sometimes with yellowish at fore edge, black nape and hindneck;... read more
Common call an accelerating rattle series of 5–15 “wik” notes, similar to song of... read more
Open woodland with large trees. Favours wooded dry savanna, especially with mopane (... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists of insects and their larvae, particularly wood-boring beetles and their larvae, caterpillars and ants; also takes spiders.... read more
Probably Jun–Oct in Angola; Apr/May–Jun in Ethiopia; laying recorded in late Sept in N Somalia; Apr–Oct in Kenya, Jun... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and fairly common, but often very local; seldom numerous. Not uncommon in Angola; fairly common in Ethiopia; uncommon in Somalia; uncommon... read more
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