Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Tullberg's Woodpecker (Campethera tullbergi) - HBW 7, p. 463

French: Pic de Tullberg German: Kehlbindenspecht Spanish: Pito de Tullberg
Other common names: Fine-banded Woodpecker (taeniolaema/hausburgi)

Taxonomy: Campothera [sic] Tullbergi Sjöstedt, 1892, Cameroon.
Distinctive E African races taeniolaema and hausburgi were formerly considered to form a separate species, and wide geographical separation suggests this might be more appropriate; close structural similarity, however, supports conspecific treatment. Proposed races bansoensis and wellsi (Banso Mts, W Cameroon) and insularis (Bioko) are indistinguishable from nominate; barakae (mountains of E Zaire) inseparable from taeniolaema. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • tullbergi Sjöstedt, 1892 - SE Nigeria (Obudu Plateau), W Cameroon and Bioko I (Fernando Póo).
  • taeniolaema Reichenow & Neumann, 1895 - extreme E Zaire and SW & E Uganda to W Kenyan highlands, S to W Rwanda, Burundi and extreme W Tanzania (Mt Mahari).
  • hausburgi Sharpe, 1900 - Kenya E of Rift Valley, also extreme N Tanzania (Loliondo).

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