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  Bearded Woodpecker

 

Dendropicos namaquus

(487) 24 cm; 80 g

SEXES  M > F. Finely barred grey-white underparts, large size and white facial markings distinctive.

M  Crown red, nape and hindneck black.

F  Like M but crown black, flecked white.

JUV  Both sexes have red on crown and forehead (more extensive than ad M).

STATUS  Fairly common resident in suitable habitats; sedentary, pairs remain together year ­round.

HABITAT  Mixed deciduous woodland, especially with tall trees. Most common in miombo and Mopane woodland.

FOOD  Insect larvae and pupae extracted from crevices in wood and beneath bark using long barbed tongue. Occasionally takes lizards and spiders.

CALL  Series of variable wik-wik-wik notes, increasing in tempo. Loud drumming is characteristic and distinctive habit of this species.

BR  Monogamous. Nest holes excavated in large dead tree stems; not parasitised by honeyguides, probably because of its winter br habits.

 

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Wpb001

Maun Game Park

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Wpb002

Maun Game Park

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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