French: Pic à dos brun German: Braunrückenspecht Spanish: Pico dorsipardo
Subspecies and Distribution
D. o. obsoletus
(Wagler, 1829) – Senegambia E to W Sudan, W South Sudan and Uganda (E to Teso), S to C Sierra Leone, S Cameroon and NE DRCongo.
D. o. heuglini
(Neumann, 1904) – E Sudan, N Ethiopia and Eritrea.
D. o. ingens
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1900) – WC & S Ethiopia, NE Uganda, W, C & SE Kenya and extreme N Tanzania (Loliondo).
D. o. crateri
(W. L. Sclater & Moreau, 1935) – N Tanzania from Crater Highlands S to Nou Forest.
c. 13–16 cm; 18–25 g. Male has pale brown forehead becoming darker on crown, red hindcrown and nape; white supercilium from behind eye, extending as stripe... read more
Single clicking calls; weak high-pitched trill; also longer or shorter series of "kweek-week... read more
Inhabits drier areas, favouring scrubby terrain, wooded grassland, edges of cultivation, ... read more
Food and feeding
Lepidopteran and coleopteran larvae, and various adult insects; also fruits recorded. Usually singly or in pairs; often joins mixed-species... read more
Dec–Jun in W of range, Jan–Apr and Aug in E. Nest-hole excavated by both sexes, at 2–7 m in tree or stub, often isolated... read more
Apparently resident. Individuals recorded in SE Kenya (E to Shimba Hills and Mombasa area) and NE... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rather local and generally uncommon. Widespread in Senegal; locally frequent to common in Gambia; not uncommon in Sierra Leone; local and uncommon in... read more
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