Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Bennett's Woodpecker (Campethera bennettii) - HBW 7, p. 457

French: Pic de Bennett German: Bennettspecht Spanish: Pito de Bennett

Taxonomy: Chrysoptilus Bennettii A. Smith, 1836, western Transvaal.
Forms a superspecies with C. punctuligera, C. nubica and C. scriptoricauda; sometimes treated as conspecific with last-mentioned, or with all three. Identity of birds in E Rwanda uncertain; they probably belong either to C. nubica or to nominate race of present species. Proposed race uniamwesica (Angola E to L Victoria and S to C Zambia) synonymized with nominate. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • bennettii (A. Smith, 1836) - WC Angola E to SE Zaire and Rwanda, possibly also Uganda (Merama Hills), and to W & S Tanzania, S to W Malawi, NE South Africa and S Mozambique; possibly this taxon in E Rwanda.
  • capricorni Strickland, 1853 - S Angola, SW Zambia, and adjacent N Namibia and N Botswana.