Olive Woodpecker (Dendropicos griseocephalus) - HBW 7, p. 470
French: Pic olive
Spanish: Pito Oliváceo
Taxonomy: Picus griseocephalus Boddaert, 1783, Cape of Good Hope.
Often placed with D. goertae and D. spodocephalus in a separate genus Mesopicos, sometimes also including D. elliotii; forms a superspecies with the first two, interbreeding where ranges meet. Proposed race persimilis (Angola to N Malawi) inseparable from ruwenzori. Three subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- ruwenzori (Sharpe, 1902) - Angolan highlands, and E Zaire and SW Uganda (Ruwenzoris and Impenetrable Forest), S to NC & NE Namibia, SC Zambia and N Malawi.
- kilimensis (Neumann, 1926) - Tanzanian highlands: Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru, and mountains of N Pare, Usambara, Uluguru and Udzungwa.
- griseocephalus (Boddaert, 1783) - extreme S Mozambique (Lebombo Mts) and E & S South Africa (E Natal to S Cape Province).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A male looking for insects in the hole of a trunk and then flying away. Locality Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (ssp ruwenzori)
Josep del Hoyo 8 September 2006 8 years ago 39 sec 4.2
A male foraging on the side of a tree trunk. Locality Harold Porter Botanical Garden, Betty’s Bay, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp griseocephalus)
Keith Blomerley 11 October 2004 36 weeks ago 28 sec 4
Male feeding in tree
Locality Gisenyi, West Province, Rwanda (ssp ruwenzori)
Jason Anderson 28 December 2009 4 years ago 3.2
Back view of a male clinging to bark of a tree.
Locality Ithala Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (ssp griseocephalus)
Doug and Denise Norris 15 October 2008 1 year ago 2