French: Pic gris German: Wüstenspecht Spanish: Pito saheliano
Other common names:
Little Grey Woodpecker
Senegal and coast of Guinea
SW Mauritania, Senegambia, and in narrow belt from C Mali E to C Chad and WC Sudan and S to NE Nigeria (to Aliya) and extreme N Cameroon (S to around Maroua); possible presence between Senegambia and C Mali requires confirmation.
12–14 cm; 17–21 g. Male has pale grey-brown forehead to mid-crown, dull red hindcrown and nape, white supercilium from behind eye to rear of ear-coverts, pale... read more
Common call a grating rattle, “skree-eek-eee-eee-eeee-ee-eee-eeek”, often repeated;... read more
Lightly wooded steppe and semi-desert, scattered trees in dry streambeds and wadis. Lowalnds; to... read more
Food and feeding
Poorly known. Diet insect larvae. Forages in trees, such as Balanites and acacias (Acacia), by pecking and hammering.
Breeds Jan–Feb in Senegal and Mali, Mar–May in Niger, about Oct in Chad. Nest in dead branch of acacia. No other information. read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare and little-known species. Sparsely distributed throughout its range. Rare in Senegal, occurs in N at Richard Toll; no recent records from Gambia... read more
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