The Nubian Woodpecker (Campethera nubica nubica) is a medium-sized bird in the Picidae family of woodpeckers.
The Nubian Woodpecker has a black crown that has many white spots. The male has a bright red forehead to the back of the neck. The female has a red patch only on the nape (her forehead is spotted). It has a long black beak.
The Nubian Woodpecker can grow to 25 centimetres (10 inches) tall.
It is found in East African countries, such as Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. It likes dry scrublands and forests.
The Nubian Woodpecker uses its strong beak to hammer into the side of a tree branch. It has a long tongue to catch insects.
Its nest is a hole in a tree. The female Nubian Woodpecker lays 2-4 eggs, which hatch after about 13 days.
Location of photographs: Tsvao National Park, Kenya
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM