Wednesday, 18 July 2012
A woodpecker species whose remains were unearthed by scientists at the Langebaanweg fossil site on South Africa's south-west coast, have named it Australopicus nelsonmandelai in honour of Nelson Mandela. It is the oldest type ever found on the African continent. See here:
Sunday, 15 July 2012
Black-cheeked Woodpecker Melanerpes pucherani is a typical, gregariousl, noisy member of the genus. It is monotypic and occurs from southern Mexico through Central America to Colombia and Ecuador. It often visits feeders. Photo of this female (males have all-red crown) taken In Costa Rica by Gerard Gorman.
Monday, 9 July 2012
Tullberg's Woodpecker Campethera tullbergi. This canopy forager is often inconspicuous as it works snags and probes in moss, lichen and leaf-clusters for prey. Three races: nominate tullbergi in south-east Nigeria, western Cameroon and Bioko Island in Gulf of Guinea, taeniolaema (as here) from eastern DR Congo to Rwanda, south-western Uganda, Burundi, western Tanzania and western Kenya, and hausburgi in the Kenyan highlands east of Rift Valley, eastern Uganda and northernmost Tanzania. Photo by Gerard Gorman, Uganda, February 2012.