French: Pic à oreillons bruns German: Braunohrspecht Spanish: Pito orejipardo
Proposed race budongoensis (Uganda and W Kenya) inseparable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. arizela
(Oberholser, 1899) – Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone to Ghana.
C. c. caroli
(Malherbe, 1852) – Nigeria (rare), and Cameroon E to SW & S South Sudan, Uganda (except NE) and W Kenya (Kakamega), and S to NW Angola, S DRCongo, NW Zambia and NW Tanzania (Bukoba).
c. 18 cm; 50–68 g. Male has olive to blackish-olive forehead to nape, feathers tipped red on hindcrown, broad red tips on nape; olive-streaked buffish supercilium... read more
Common call a slurred “kwaa-kwaa-kwaa”; also sharp “prrrriiirrii”, high-... read more
Lowland primary forest, dense secondary growth, forest-shrub-grassland mosaic, and plantations;... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily ants; also other insects, and larvae. Shy and inconspicuous; often in mixed-species flocks. Searches dead branches in the canopy... read more
Few data. Season Dec–Jun in Sierra Leone and Liberia; Aug–Feb in Zaire; nest building in Nov in Gabon. Nest at low to medium... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon, though locally common, e.g. in Sierra Leone and Gabon. Reasonably common in Liberia, with densities of 3–6 pairs/km², and... read more
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