Afrikaans name: Bennettse Speg
This is a woodpecker that is a bit confused. It is often seen on the ground catching ants.
The Bennett's Woodpecker is found in northern KwaZulu-Natal through Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Beyound South Africa's borders is occurs as far north as Tanzania.
Despite often feeding on the ground it does at least nest in holes in trees. It quite often takes over the nest previously made by other woodpeckers. Up to 6 eggs are laid.
The male Bennett's Woodpecker has an all red crown and a red 'moustache'. The female has a brown 'moustache' and the red on her head stops short of the bill and is replaced by black.
References and further readingA First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 90
Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 49
Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 136
Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 418
Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 415
Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 278