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Photo by COLOMBIA Birding
Guajira lowlands, Colombia, May 2013
Picumnus cinnamomeus


9-10cm. A distinctive piculet:

  • Pale creamy forehead, lores and nasal tuft
  • Black top of head with yellow to white spots
  • Deep rufous to rusty-brown rest of plumage
  • Yellow eye-ring

Female lacks yellow on crown. Juveniles are undescribed.


South America: found in Colombia and Venezuela.
A locally common restricted-range species.



There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • P. c. cinnamomeus:
  • Coastal northern Colombia, southern locally to Cauca and Magdalena valleys
  • P. c. perijanus:
  • Northwestern Venezuela (northern shore of Lake Maracaibo)
  • P. c. persaturatus:
  • North-central Colombia (Serranía de San Jerónimo in Bolívar)
  • P. c. larensis:
  • Northwestern Venezuela (western and central Falcón and northwestern Lara)
  • P. c. venezuelensis:
  • Western Venezuela (southern and eastern shores of Lake Maracaibo)


Dry forests, rainforest, plantations, mangrove forests, and dry shrubland.
Occurs from sea-level to 100m in Venezuela, up to 300m in Colombia.


A very active species, not shy as other piculets.


Feeds probably on ants and other small insects.
Forages singly, in pairs or family groups. Joins mixed-species flocks.


Breeding recorded in December in Colombia, juveniles seen in March.
A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 2002. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 7: Jacamars to Woodpeckers. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334375
  3. Avibase

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