French: Pic de Stierling German: Stierlingspecht Spanish: Pito de Stierling
S Tanzania (Songea, Lindi), N Mozambique and adjacent SW Malawi; possibly also E Zambia.
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
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