- Campethera abingoni
Length 19-22 cm, mass 61-76 cm. Has streaked, rather than spotted, underparts.
Adult male: The nape, the whole crown and the moustachial stripes are red.
Adult female: Crown and moustachial stripe black with white spots; nape red.
Campethera abingoni has six subspecies:
- C. a. chrysura
- C. a. kavirondensis
- C. a. suahelica
- C. a. abingoni
- C. a. anderssoni
- C. a. constricta
Woodland, thicket and coastal forest.
Usually in pairs; entirely arboreal. Eats ants, termites, millipedes and insect larvae.
Monogamous and territorial. The nest hole is excavated in a tree trunk, usually between 0.4 m and 2 m above the ground. Two to four eggs are incubated for about 13 days by both sexes, and the nestling period is about 23 days. Parasitised by Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Greater Honeyguide and Lesser Honeyguide.
Their diet consists of insects and larva.
The territorial call is a single, loud shriek wheeeeaa; similar to the sound of a nail being pulled from a plank.
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