Friday, 8 April 2011

Picid in Focus: Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa.

This African species is a forest-dweller and an ant-eater that invariably forages low-down in trees, bushes and undergrowth on finer twigs and plant stems. Pairs sometimes excavate their nest-hole in a termitarium. It is polytypic with 4 subspecies recognised: nominate nivosa, maxima, poensis and herberti. This bird photographed in the Gambia in 2010 by Vaughan Ashby.

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