The Nubian Woodpecker (Campethera nubica nubica) is a medium-sized bird from the Tsavo region of Kenya.
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 likes dry scrublands and forests.
Woodpeckers use their strong beak to hammer into the side of a tree branch. They have long tongues to catch insects.
Their nest is a hole in a tree. Females lay 2-4 eggs, which hatch after about 13 days.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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