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Dendropicos namaquus

Thripias namaquus

Identification

Female
Photo by volker sthamer
Arusha, Tanzania, September 2017

24–27 cm (9½-10½ in)

  • Broad postocular and malar stripes
  • White-spotted forehead

Male: red hind-crown

Distribution

Africa
Western Africa: Chad, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland

Taxonomy

Placed in genus Chloropicus by Gill and Donsker.

Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • D. m. namaquus:
  • D. m. schoensis:
  • D. m. coalescens:

Habitat

Bush and open woodland with large trees.

Behaviour

Diet

The diet includes insects, beetles, larvae, spiders and geckoes.

Vocalisation

The call is a loud wickwickwickwick.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Kenya Birds
  4. What's That Bird

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