Nubian Woodpecker (Campethera nubica) - HBW 7, p. 457
French: Pic de Nubie
Spanish: Pito de Nubia
Taxonomy: Picus Nubicus Boddaert, 1783, Nubia, north Sudan.
Forms a superspecies with C. punctuligera, C. bennettii and C. scriptoricauda, and sometimes all considered conspecific. Identity of birds in E Rwanda uncertain; they probably belong either to C. bennettii or to nominate race of present species. Races poorly differentiated, and they intergrade; delimitation uncertain, complicated by apparent habitat-conditioned variation of nominate. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- nubica (Boddaert, 1783) - WC & NE Sudan, Ethiopia and NW & SW Somalia, S to NE Zaire (Beni, Rutshuru Plain), adjacent W Uganda, Kenya and C & SW Tanzania (Morogoro and Rukwa Valley); possibly this taxon in E Rwanda.
- pallida (Sharpe, 1902) - E & S Somalia and coastal Kenya.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 13 videos
in a tree Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (ssp nubica)
Daniêl Jimenez 22 September 2010 3 years ago 20 sec 4.4
A female having a bath in a puddle where other birds are drinking. Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp nubica)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 8 years ago 42 sec 4.4
A female shaking its plumage after bathing. Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp nubica)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 8 years ago 26 sec 4.3
Bird drinking at pool with White-browed Sparrow Weaver Locality Wabi Shabelle, Ethiopia
Keith and Lynn Youngs 12 November 2010 2 years ago 58 sec 4.1
A female drinking in a puddle with many other birds. Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp nubica)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 8 years ago 30 sec 3.9
A male foraging on a trunk. Locality Awassa Lake, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia (ssp nubica)
Keith Blomerley 28 October 2013 18 weeks ago 22 sec 3.8
PhotosSee all 10 photos
Locality Ethiopia (ssp nubica)
Krzysztof Blachowiak 17 November 2009 4 years ago 4.4
An adult male calling.
Locality Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda (ssp nubica)
Gerard Gorman 4 March 2012 14 weeks ago 4.2
A male on a tree
Locality Mburo Lake National Park, Uganda
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 4 July 2013 23 weeks ago 4
In a acacia
Locality Yabelo, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Guy Poisson 9 February 2010 3 years ago 3.6
Locality Awassa Lake, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia (ssp nubica)
Fran Trabalon 20 November 2012 41 weeks ago 3.5
A female in a thorn bush.
Locality Negele Boran, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp nubica)
Nick Athanas 12 August 2004 5 years ago 3.4