Golden-tailed Woodpecker

Golden-tailed Woodpecker (Campethera abingoni)

The Golden-tailed woodpecker is fairly common in sub-Saharan Africa, preferring woodland areas. It mainly forages in trees, probing branches, looking for insects and licking them up with its barbed tongue. Both sexes create the nest, which is a hole in the underside of a tree branch. Here it lays 2-3 eggs, which are incubated by both sexes for about 13 days. The chicks are cared for by the parents, eventually leaving the nest after about 22-25 days. They become fully independent a few weeks after fledging.

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43 thoughts on “Golden-tailed Woodpecker

  1. Pingback: Golden-tailed Woodpecker… a different perspective.. | The Photographic Journey of bulldog.

  2. These charming, appealing little guys are good subjects for your photographic finger; beautiful. ‘Brought a smile to my lips just as we, who are still without power after the hurricane 9 days ago, are expecting a lovely snow storm this afternoon. It’s good to smile. Thank you so much for these exceptional pictures.

    • Oh no still no power and it’s going to get cold..???
      I feel for you, I hate winter I can take heat but not cold… and I just shiver at the thought of you without power….
      Glad I could put a smile on your face in the face of adversity…

    • I took some photos of them with young in a tree, a Camel thorn, they were so well camoed, that I could see them with my eye but struggle to find them on the screen… the young actually extend their wings and hug the tree…. they just blend in…

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