(487) 24 cm; 80 g
F. Finely barred grey-white underparts, large size and white facial
Crown red, nape and hindneck black.
Like M but crown black, flecked white.
Both sexes have red on crown and forehead (more extensive than ad
Fairly common resident in suitable habitats; sedentary, pairs
remain together year round.
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.
Series of variable wik-wik-wik notes, increasing in tempo. Loud
drumming is characteristic and distinctive habit of this species.
Monogamous. Nest holes excavated in large dead tree stems; not
parasitised by honeyguides, probably because of its winter br
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