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Ochre-collared Piculet - BirdForum Opus

top: male, bottom: female
Photo by Arthur Grosset
Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 2002
Picumnus temminckii


9cm. A tiny woodpecker.

  • Underparts barred black on white
  • Broad cinnamon-ochre half collar round the back of the neck
  • Black head with red spots on the forehead of the male and white spots elsewhere
  • Female without red spots

Juveniles are darker, duller and heavier but more diffuse barred.


Found in eastern Paraguay, northeast Argentina and southeast Brazil.
Locally common.


This is a monotypic species.
It forms a superspecies with Ocellated Piculet and White-barred Piculet and is sometimes treated as conspecific with the latter.


Tall scrub in humid forest and forest edge.


Diet little known but includes ants and insect larvae.
Forages low on slender stalks and thin, hollow branches.
Breeding season presumably from October to March. No other information about breeding.
A resident species.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  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

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