French: Pic de Cailliaud German: Tüpfelspecht Spanish: Pito de Cailliaud
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Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. nyansae
(Neumann, 1900) – SW Ethiopia, SW Kenya and NW Tanzania through E DRCongo to N Zambia and NE Angola.
C. c. loveridgei
E. J. O. Hartert, 1920 – C Tanzania (Kilosa area) S to extreme E Zimbabwe (Mt Zelinda) and Mozambique (S to R Limpopo).
C. c. cailliautii
(Malherbe, 1849) – coastal zone from S Somalia (lower R Jubba and Boni Forest) S to NE Tanzania, including Zanzibar I.
c. 16 cm; 35–56 g. Male has black forehead and crown feathers tipped red, red nape, buffish lores, white supercilium, buffish-white sides of head to chin and upper... read more
Thin, plaintive “hee” or “hlieee”, repeated c. 3–12 times at regular... read more
Wide range of habitats, from forest to thornbush savanna; often near water in dry country and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists largely of arboreal formicid ants and termites (Isoptera). Observed singly or in pairs. Forages high in the canopy; also in... read more
Sept–Nov in E, Sept–Feb in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and probably Mar–Sept in DRCongo, with egg-laying associated with... read more
Resident; some short-distance wandering.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally localized and uncommon. Rare in Somalia, where very few records; uncommon and local in E Africa, possibly more common in... read more
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