Knysna Woodpecker | Campethera notata

Roberts Birding Information: Knysna Woodpecker

The Knysna 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 Knysna Woodpecker (Latin name Campethera notata) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Campethera notata can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 484 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 132. You will find a picture of the Knysna 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 Knysna Woodpecker between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Knysna Woodpecker is known in Afrikaans as Knysnaspeg.

The Knysna Woodpecker is Endemic to the Southern African Region which means that this bird is only found in this region and nowhere else in the world.

The Knysna Woodpecker has a height of 21 cms and weighs around 70 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured black. The Campethera notata has a white, black coloured throat, grey legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are red.

The male Campethera notata 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 black.

Eyes are red.

Bill is black.

Legs are grey.

Throat is white, black.

Back is brown.

Knysna Woodpecker Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The Knysna Woodpecker is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

The Campethera notata attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten.

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

Knysna Woodpecker Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Knysna 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 4 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 ...

The Knysna Woodpecker is normally seen singly or in pairs