Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Near Threatened

Stierling's Woodpecker (Dendropicos stierlingi)


French: Pic de Stierling German: Stierlingspecht Spanish: Pito de Stierling

Dendropicos stierlingi


, 1901,

Songea, Tanzania


Relationships uncertain. Monotypic.


S Tanzania (Songea, Lindi), N Mozambique and adjacent SW Malawi; possibly also E Zambia.

Descriptive notes

c. 17–18 cm; 25–31 g. Male has blackish-brown forehead and forecrown, in fresh plumage with narrow pale feather edges, red hindcrown and nape, white neck side and... read more


Common call somewhat wavering “pi-di-di, da-da-di, da-da-da-da, da-da”, as territorial and long-... read more


Inhabits rich miombo (Brachystegia) woodland, from lowlands up to 1500 m.

Food and feeding

Diet includes insects and their larvae; occasionally centipedes (Chilopoda). Occurs singly or in pairs; associates loosely with mixed-... read more


Season probably Jul–Oct; nestlings in Aug in Malawi, juvenile observed in Nov in Tanzania; juvenile also reported in Mar in NW... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Not uncommon in most parts of small range, but rather localized. A generally little-known species, with few... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Stierling's Woodpecker (Dendropicos stierlingi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 28 January 2020).