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Lesser Woodcreeper - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Xyko Paludo
Joinville, SC, Brazil, December 2017
Xiphorhynchus fuscus

Alternative name: Southern Lesser Woodcreeper


15–18·5 cm (6-7¼ in)

  • Long, thin bi-coloured bill
  • Steep forehead
  • Streaked back
  • Streaked undertail coverts


South America: found in Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina.


This species has in the past been placed in genus Lepidocolaptes.

Ceara Woodcreeper has been split from Lesser Woodcreeper


Clements recognises the following subspecies 1:

  • X. f. pintoi: Arid north-eastern Brazil in western Bahia
  • X. f. tenuirostris: Coastal eastern Brazil (central Bahia to Espírito Santo north of Rio Doce)
  • X. f. fuscus: South Eastern Brazil (south Goiás) to south-eastern Paraguay and north-eastern Argentina


They are mainly to be found in lowland rainforests and humid montane forests, but they can also be seen in a variety of woodland types.



Their diet consists mostly of arthropods, particularly beetles.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill F, D Donsker & P Rasmussen (Eds). 2021. IOC World Bird List (v11.1). doi : 10.14344/IOC.ML.11.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Dec 2017)

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