French: Pic du Gabon German: Gabunspecht Spanish: Pito del Gabón
J. P. Verreaux and J. B. É. Verreaux
Subspecies and Distribution
D. g. reichenowi
Sjöstedt, 1893 – S Nigeria to SW Cameroon.
D. g. gabonensis
(J. P. Verreaux & J. B. É. Verreaux, 1851) – S Cameroon (except SW) and SW Central African Republic S to S Congo, and E across N & C DRCongo (E to W slope of Rwenzoris, S to W Kasai) to extreme W Uganda; reports from Cabinda (N Angola) considered dubious#R.
c. 16–17 cm; 24–30 g. Male has olive-brown forehead and forecrown, rarely with pale streaks, red hindcrown and nape, indistinct dark-streaked white supercilium,... read more
Common call a single buzzing “zh-dzeeeep”, or fast repeated “dzhaah, dzhaah, dzheep” and variations.
Inhabits forest edge, tall second growth, and edges of cultivation, generally at altitudes below... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly ants, and insect larvae, especially wood-boring ones. Mostly in pairs. Feeds in canopy and understorey. Forages by probing... read more
Specimens with slightly enlarged gonads in Oct, and male excavating nest-hole in mid-Oct, in Nigeria; birds in breeding condition in Sept... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Uncommon in Nigeria; locally quite common in Gabon. Present in several protected areas, e.g. Korup National Park (... read more
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