Bearded Woodpecker (Dendropicos namaquus) - HBW 7, p. 467
French: Pic barbu
Spanish: Pito Namaqua
Taxonomy: Picus Namaquus A. A. H. Lichtenstein, 1793, Damaraland, Namibia.
Often placed in a separate genus Thripias along with D. pyrrhogaster and D. xantholophus. Races knwon to intergrade. Proposed races saturatus (W Central African Republic) and decipiens (SW Uganda and S Kenya S to C Tanzania) inseparable from nominate. Three subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- namaquus (A. A. H. Lichtenstein, 1793) - W Central African Republic E to S Sudan, Uganda and W & S Kenya, and from W & S Angola across to SE Zaire and Tanzania, S to W & C Namibia, Botswana, N South Africa and N & C Mozambique.
- schoensis (Rüppell, 1842) - Ethiopia, NW & S Somalia and N Kenya.
- coalescens (Clancey, 1958) - C & S Mozambique and E South Africa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 8 videos
A male pecking on a trunk Locality Okavango Delta, North-West District, Botswana (ssp namaquus)
Alex García · Videoaves 2 January 2008 7 years ago 28 sec 4.9
A male feeding and showing briefly its tongue Locality Okavango Delta, North-West District, Botswana (ssp namaquus)
Alex García · Videoaves 2 January 2008 7 years ago 36 sec 4.8
A female (or possibly an immature given the indistinct pale barring on the upperparts) foraging on a tree trunk Locality Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve, Northern Region, Malawi (ssp namaquus)
Greg Baker 27 October 2005 2 years ago 39 sec 4.5
A female (or possibly an immature given the indistinct barring on the upperparts) searching for food in the bark of a tree trunk Locality Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve, Northern Region, Malawi (ssp namaquus)
Greg Baker 27 October 2005 2 years ago 38 sec 4
A male in a tree Locality Turmi, Ethiopia (ssp schoensis)
Josep del Hoyo 14 December 2005 9 years ago 23 sec 3.6
A male pecking a trunk. Locality Mkuze Game Reserve, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (ssp coalescens)
Keith Blomerley 23 October 2004 9 years ago 27 sec 3.2
PhotosSee all 14 photos
A male and female pair on a tree branch
Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp schoensis)
Ian Fulton 11 February 2008 5 years ago 4.3
Male enlarging a hole in an acacia tree
Locality Crescent Island, Lake Naivasha, Kenya (ssp schoensis)
James Kashangaki 21 February 2015 26 weeks ago 4.2
Bird On a trunk
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp coalescens)
Dubi Shapiro 18 October 2010 4 years ago 4.1
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Philip Perry 16 April 2009 2 years ago 4
Drumming on a tree top
Locality South Luangwa National Park, Zambia (ssp namaquus)
Marco Valentini 30 August 2011 3 years ago 4
Locality Weenen, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (ssp coalescens)
Adam Riley 10 January 2010 36 weeks ago 3.6