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Photo by megan perkins
Location: Gonubie, South Africa
Dendropicos griseocephalus


Length 17-19 cm. Darker than Grey Woodpecker and Grey-headed Woodpecker, and less barred, with olive-grey (rather than grey) underparts.


Uganda and Zaire to South Africa.


Dendropicos griseocephalus has three subspecies:[1]

  • D. g. ruwenzori
  • D. g. kilimensis
  • D. g. griseocephalus


Evergreen forest, forest patches and dense woodland.



  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist.
  2. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154

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