Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Olive Woodpecker (Dendropicos griseocephalus) - HBW 7, p. 470

French: Pic olive German: Goldrückenspecht 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).