Grey Woodpecker (Dendropicos goertae)
aka African Grey Woodpecker

Grey Woodpeckers are small, 7.5" (19cm) birds. The male has an olive- gold coloured mantle and wings. His crown, nape and rump are red, along with a patch of red on his belly (some western birds have no red on the belly). His forehead, face, neck and underparts are grey. His eyes are a brownish-red. The female lacks the red crown and nape.

Grey Woodpeckers are seen on their own, in pairs or family groups. They are as at home foraging in trees as they are on the ground.

Grey Woodpeckers eat insects, worms, caterpillars and other invertebrates, tugging them from the ground or winkling them out of tree bark. They will also hawk winged termites in the air.

Grey Woodpeckers are found in west and central Kenya, in open wooded areas, savanna or in agricultural lands & gardens.

Extra Grey Woodpeckers Facts
Grey Woodpeckers have very stiff tail feathers, with strong shafts, to provide support against tree trunks, to aid balance while drilling the wood, or winkling out food from under bark.
Grey Woodpeckers have "zygodactyl" feet, with two toes pointing forward and two backward, also aiding balance.

Photographed at Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy.

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Grey Woodpecker ~ Male, Eating Caterpillar

A male (African) Grey Woodpecker with a large caterpillar in its bill.

Grey Woodpecker ~ Female

Full-size side portrait of a female Grey Woodpecker.