Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Fine-banded Woodpecker (Campethera taeniolaema)


French: Pic à raies fines German: Kehlbindenspecht Spanish: Pito rayado

Campothera [sic] taeniolaema

Reichenow and Neumann

, 1895,

Guasso-Massai and Eldoma Station, Kenya


In recent times usually considered conspecific with C. tullbergi owing to “close structural similarity”, but former treatment as distinct species preferred here on account of head below crown and chin to undertail-coverts densely barred yellowish-stone and dusky-brown vs minutely peppered grey on whitish becoming tiny grey-brown mottling across pale yellowish breast and semi-barred flanks to undertail-coverts with mostly plain pale yellow mid-belly (at least 3); no red flecking on lesser coverts (shoulder) (2); female with maroon vs black lores (1); shorter bill (effect size 3.32; score 2). Proposed race barakae (mountains of E DRCongo) inseparable from nominate. Two subspecies currently recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. t. taeniolaema Reichenow & Neumann, 1895 – extreme E DRCongo and SW & E Uganda to W Kenyan highlands, S to W Rwanda, W Burundi and extreme W Tanzania (Mt Mahari).
  • C. t. hausburgi Sharpe, 1900 – Kenya E of Rift Valley, also extreme N Tanzania (Loliondo).
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 18–20 cm; 43–66 g. Male has black forehead and crown feathers broadly tipped red, red nape; rest of head, including chin, and entire underparts finely and densely barred... read more


    Generally rather silent. Occasionally gives loud “kweek” in short series. May drum very... read more


    Mountain forests, to 3000 m; generally above 1600 m.

    Food and feeding

    Diet small invertebrates, mainly ants; also caterpillars. Occurs singly and in pairs; frequently joins mixed-species flocks. Forages in... read more


    Laying probably Oct–Nov. Nest excavated in tree. No information on clutch size and on incubation and fledging periods. Nests parasitized by... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common to fairly common. No estimates of global population available, but numbers believed to be stable; no evidence of any... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Fine-banded Woodpecker (Campethera taeniolaema). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 27 January 2020).