Speckle-throated Woodpecker | Campethera scriptoricauda

Roberts Birding Information: Specklethroated Woodpecker

The Speckle-throated 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 Speckle-throated Woodpecker (Latin name Campethera scriptoricauda) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Campethera scriptoricauda can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 482 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 131. You will find a picture of the Speckle-throated 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 Speckle-throated Woodpecker between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Speckle-throated Woodpecker has a height of 22 cms and weighs around 70 gms. The head is coloured crimson while the bill is coloured grey. The Campethera scriptoricauda has a white coloured throat, grey, black legs and a crimson coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Campethera scriptoricauda 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 crimson.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is grey.

Legs are grey, black.

Throat is white.

Back is crimson.

Speckle Throated Woodpecker Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

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

Speckle Throated Woodpecker Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

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 Speckle-throated Woodpecker is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Speckle-throated Woodpecker is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks.