Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Fine-spotted Woodpecker (Campethera punctuligera)


French: Pic à taches noires German: Pünktchenspecht Spanish: Pito salpicado

Picus punctuligerus


, 1827,



Member of the C. nubica species-group (see C. nubica). Races intergrade in Sudan and NE DRCongo. Described race batesi (N Cameroon) synonymized with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. p. punctuligera (Wagler, 1827) – SW Mauritania (c. 60 km N of Rosso) and Senegambia E to SW Sudan and S to C Ivory Coast (Lamto), Ghana (Mole), S Nigeria (Abeokuta), C Cameroon (Mt Zoro and Mbakaou) and NE DRCongo (upper Uele Valley).
  • C. p. balia (Heuglin, 1871) – South Sudan to extreme NE DRCongo.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 22 cm; 56–74 g. Male has red forehead to nape, crown feathers with small grey bases, white supercilium faintly streaked at rear, blackish rear eyestripe, whitish ear... read more


    Repeated “kweeyer” or “peer”, like call of Jynx torquilla or ... read more


    Wooded savanna, and acacia (Acacia) grassland with scattered or widely scattered trees and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Ants and their larvae, as well as termites (Isoptera), form bulk of diet, including that of nestlings. Commonly in pairs or family parties... read more


    Season Jun–Aug in Senegambia, Apr–May in Sierra Leone, from Feb in Nigeria; Nov to early Apr or to Jun in Zaire. Nest excavated... read more


    Resident; possibly some local seasonal movements in Senegambia.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally considered to be common or at least locally common. Widespread and common in Senegambia; not uncommon in Sierra Leone; common and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Fine-spotted Woodpecker (Campethera punctuligera). 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 18 January 2020).