French: Pic goertan German: Graubrustspecht Spanish: Pito gris occidental
Other common names:
African Grey Woodpecker
Subspecies and Distribution
D. g. koenigi
(Neumann, 1903) – Sahel zone from EC Mali E to W & S Sudan.
D. g. goertae
(Statius Müller, 1776) – SW Mauritania and Senegambia E to South Sudan and W & C Kenya, and S to NE DRCongo, Rwanda and NW Tanzania.
D. g. abessinicus
(Reichenow, 1900) – E Sudan, Eritrea and N & W Ethiopia.
D. g. meridionalis
Louette & Prigogine, 1982 – S Gabon to NW Angola (Cabinda, possibly S to Malanje), and SC DRCongo.
c. 20 cm; 40·5–52·5 g. Male has grey forehead and forecrown, red hindcrown and nape sometimes with grey feather bases showing on hindcrown; rest of head grey, on... read more
Series of 20–30 “wik” notes as long-distance call; irregular series of “... read more
Inhabits woodland, wooded grassland and pasture, riverine woodland, thickets with larger trees,... read more
Food and feeding
Ants, termites (Isoptera), beetle larvae, other insects; also observed hunting crabs among aerial roots of mangroves, and taking nuts of... read more
Dec–Jun in W of range, from Oct in Sierra Leone, Jan–Mar in Nigeria, Dec–Feb and Jul–Sept in Zaire, and Feb–... read more
Mostly resident. Some movement in non-breeding season; recorded in Mauritania at Atar, well N of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common, and widespread. Commonest woodpecker in Senegambia; common in Sierra Leone. Uncommon in Liberia, estimated population 2000... read more
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