The Chestnut Woodpecker has a rufous-chestnut colour overall, with a yellow rump and flanks. Males of the species are distinguished by a red malar stripe. They feed on insects especially termites, and sometimes fruit.

A female Chestnut Woodpecker (Celeus elegans) photographed at a farm near the Linden/Soesdyke Highway. (Photo by Kester Clarke /

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