French: Torcol à gorge rousse German: Rotkehl-Wendehals Spanish: Torcecuello africano
Other common names:
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
J. r. aequatorialis
Rüppell, 1842 – Ethiopia.
J. r. pulchricollis
Hartlaub, 1884 – SE Nigeria and Cameroon to NW DRCongo, South Sudan and NW Uganda.
J. r. ruficollis
Wagler, 1830 – SE Gabon to SW & E Uganda, SW Kenya and extreme N Tanzania, and S to N & E Angola (S to Cuanza Norte and Malanje, E to Moxico), NW Zambia, N Mozambique and E South Africa.
19 cm; male 52–59 g, female 46–52 g. Small, aberrant, long-tailed woodpecker with short, pointed bill. Both sexes have lores and ear-coverts barred buff-white and... read more
Sings from dead tree, loud, high “kwik-kwik-kwik-kwik-kwik-kwik, kwee kwee kwee” or... read more
Inhabits wooded grassland, open forest and forest edge, as well as open areas with trees.... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly ants and their pupae and eggs; also some other small arthropods. Gleans items from the bark of dead branches of trees, also from... read more
Eggs May in Ethiopia; Apr in Gabon; in Angola, adult in breeding condition in Aug, juvenile seen in Sept; possibly Feb in Uganda; breeds... read more
Largely resident, but dispersive, and perhaps somewhat nomadic. Movements not well understood;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common, but often irregular in occurrence. Range in former Zaire more widespread than often stated in literature. Not... read more
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