Green-backed Woodpecker | Campethera cailliautii

Roberts Birding Information: Greenbacked Woodpecker

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

The description for the Green-backed Woodpecker (Latin name Campethera cailliautii) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Campethera cailliautii can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 485 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 133. You will find a picture of the Green-backed 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.

This bird is known as Little Spotted Woodpecker in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Green-backed Woodpecker between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Green-backed Woodpecker has a height of 18 cms and weighs around 40 gms. The head is coloured red while the bill is coloured black. The Campethera cailliautii has a white, brown coloured throat, grey legs and a yellow, green coloured back. The eyes are red.

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.

Bill is black.

Legs are grey.

Throat is white, brown.

Back is yellow, green.

Greenbacked Woodpecker Feeding Habits ...

The Green-backed Woodpecker is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

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

Green Backed Woodpecker Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Green-backed 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.

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

It is also seen in flocks.