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.
so cute … nice looooove it
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Cute little friends!
They are aren’t they…
What a beautiful and amazing bird… Great shots. Thanks and Love, nia
Thanks Nia… they are beautiful…
If I wore a hat like that. no one would be looking at my fancy tush. That’s probably why the female doesn’t sport a snappy red cap. 😉
As a man… it would take a bit more than a red hat to keep my eyes off a fancy tush..
Just love the look of this bird. Fab shots, as always 🙂
Thanks Inga… a beauty… and again a lucky capture…
Wow! so much more vibrant than our house pecking peckers here. These are beautiful photos, a very pretty bird.
They are so plentiful yet difficult to capture on the ground… this was a lucky capture…
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…
A very pretty bird. I love the red on its head. We have woodpeckers, but not this pretty. And ours are stupid . . . they will try to peck on a metal chimney.
These are fairly common but their camouflage is unbelievable… specially the young … when you near they hug the branck with their wings and just blend in… beautiful…
Pretty bird!!! They must have known who the photographer was, because they posed very handsomely for ” the Great Bulldog”!
thank you… they were co-operative… up to a point… but then realised I didn’t have my red cap and golden tutu on….
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!….What were you thinking??
Surely a tutu would be better than sticking golden feathers where the sun don’t shine.???
Well certainly less painful!
Great photos and story, bdt. Next time, you’ll have to wear your red cap, so they think you’re one of them. 🙂
thanks I thought of that … the red cap wasn’t a problem it was the golden tail that worried me…
😆 Well that wasn’t for me to mention.
I love the red head!
Makes me think of Robin Hood, although he is always depicted with a green hood…
Always beautiful your photos with brilliant colors and great sharpness
The woodpecker seems to have a red hat 🙂
Thank you so much… yes red hat and golden tail… like a clown…
I love them, they especially like a tree in my garden 🙂
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…
Such a beautiful bird and our captions and photos are hilarious!
Thanks Julie.. I appreciate…
LOL! I love the captions! You’re very clever 😉
Great pics 😀
Thank you… I try .. I actually enjoy it… and it certainly is a way of stopping others from using my photos without permission…
You’re a funny story teller, Bulldog. Did they found you after all..lol 😀
Yep they traced me and once they had me in sight … took flight and from there on it was difficult to find them again… but I got some good shots so I was happy…
lovely shots..and interesting captions here:) particularly enjoyed the second one..
Thank you… they were very co-operative..
What stunning birds. I love the red “cap” and the golden tail.
Thank you quite a common bird but never easy to get good captures as the camouflage in the trees is so good…