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African Gray Woodpecker

Chloropicus goertae

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A mid-sized woodpecker with a yellow-green back and gray underparts. The crown is red in males and plain gray in females. Can show a small orange or bright red patch on the center of the belly. Found in a wide variety of habitats including savanna, woodland, gardens, farmland, mangroves, forest edge, and gallery forest. The main call is an agitated series of rising “k-k-kree” calls. The range overlaps slightly with the very similar Mountain Gray Woodpecker. Distinguished by the barring on the wing and undertail and the lack of a large, deep red belly patch.

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