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Dendrocolaptes picumnus
Photo by :PaulvanGiersbergen
Photographed: Samaipata, Bolivia


Brown back, chestnut wings and long tail, black banding on belly, brown head with white speckles, brown eye, long down curved brown bill, brown legs and feet.


Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.



Clements recognizes ten subspecies[1].

  • D. p. puncticollis: Highlands of southern Mexico (Chiapas) to Guatemala and western Honduras
  • D. p. seilerni: Santa Marta mountains (northeast Colombia) and coastal mountains of northern Venezuela
  • D. p. olivaceus : Foothills of Bolivian Andes (La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz)
  • D. p. costaricensis: Highlands of Costa Rica and Pacific slope of western Panama
  • D. p. multistrigatus: Andes of Colombia and northern and western Venezuela
  • D. p. validus: Lowlands and foothills of western Amazonia
  • D. p. picumnus: Trop. eastern Venezuela to the Guianas and Brazil north of the Amazon
  • D. p. transfasciatus: Amazonian Brazil south of lower Amazon to northern Mato Grosso
  • D. p. pallescens: Chaco of eastern Bolivia, southern Brazil and western Paraguay
  • D. p. casaresi: Andean foothills of northwest Argentina (Jujuy, Salta and Tucumán)


Moist lowland forests and montanes.


It follows army-ants, to eat the insects they disturb.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/

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