male, as told by red crown (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

Cardinal Woodpecker
Dendropicos fuscescens

Native Range: Africa

Notes: a small woodpecker widespread across eastern Africa; inhabits many forest types with either scattered or densely-packed trees; sexual dimorphism with only the male showing red on the crown.

dorsal view; dark back and wings with pale bars (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

ventral view; streaked breast; barred flanks (South Africa; 2007-06-30)