The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Bennett's Woodpecker

Afrikaans name: Bennettse Speg

Bennetts Woodpecker

Bennett's Woodpecker

Photo © Steven Herbert

Campethera bennettii

This is a woodpecker that is a bit confused. It is often seen on the ground catching ants.

The Bennett's Woodpecker is found in northern KwaZulu-Natal through Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Beyound South Africa's borders is occurs as far north as Tanzania.

Despite often feeding on the ground it does at least nest in holes in trees. It quite often takes over the nest previously made by other woodpeckers. Up to 6 eggs are laid.

The male Bennett's Woodpecker has an all red crown and a red 'moustache'. The female has a brown 'moustache' and the red on her head stops short of the bill and is replaced by black.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 134

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 183

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 28

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 278

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 270

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 415

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 418

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 319

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 307

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 268

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 239

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 268

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 136

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 194

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 49

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 159

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 144

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 90

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 90

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