Golden-tailed Woodpecker | Campethera abingoni

Roberts Birding Information: Goldentailed Woodpecker

The Golden-tailed Woodpecker is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Picidae bird family group which includes birds such as Woodpeckers, Wrynecks.Goldentailed Woodpecker

The description for the Golden-tailed Woodpecker (Latin name Campethera abingoni) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Campethera abingoni can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 483 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 131. You will find a picture of the Golden-tailed Woodpecker on page 145.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Golden-tailed Woodpecker between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Golden-tailed Woodpecker is known in Afrikaans as Goudstertspeg.

The Golden-tailed Woodpecker has a height of 23 cms and weighs around 70 gms. The head is coloured grey while the bill is coloured black. The Campethera abingoni has a white coloured throat, grey legs and a yellow, green coloured back. The eyes are red brown.

The male Campethera abingoni has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is grey.

Eyes are red brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are grey.

Throat is white.

Back is yellow, green.

Golden Tailed Woodpecker Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the tree trunk.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

Golden Tailed Woodpecker Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Golden-tailed Woodpecker is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 3 eggs and they are coloured white.

The bird builds its nest within a tree cavity just a few meters above the ground. The hole in the tree is normally reused in the next nesting season.

The Golden-tailed Woodpecker is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Golden-tailed Woodpecker is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.