Bennett's Woodpecker | Campethera bennettii

Roberts Birding Information: Bennets Woodpecker

The Bennett's Woodpecker is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Picidae bird family group which includes birds such as Woodpeckers, Wrynecks.Bennets Woodpecker

The description for the Bennett's Woodpecker (Latin name Campethera bennettii) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Campethera bennettii can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 481 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 130. You will find a picture of the Bennett's 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.Bennet's Woodpecker

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 Bennett's Woodpecker between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Bennett's Woodpecker is known in Afrikaans as Bennettse Speg.

The Bennett's Woodpecker has a height of 24 cms and weighs around 70 gms. The head is coloured red while the bill is coloured black. The Campethera bennettii has a white coloured throat, grey legs and a red coloured back. The eyes are red, brown.

The male Campethera bennettii 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 red.

Eyes are red, brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are grey.

Throat is white.

Back is red.

Bennets Woodpecker Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

and feeds 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.

Bennets Woodpecker Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Bennett's 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 6 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 Bennett's Woodpecker is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Bennett's Woodpecker is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.