- Pseudocolaptes johnsoni
- Upperside rufous
- Rear underside rufous
- Breast dark with large buffy spots, becoming narrow streaks on rear underside.
- Crown and much of head grey-brown with pale streaks
- May show a pale supercilium
- Tufts on the side of the neck constitute a conspicuous buffy area below the auriculars (the "tuftedcheek")
- Throat buffy
- Bill dark, legs pinkish grey
This species was formerly included in Buffy Tuftedcheek.
Wet mountain forests where it utilizes canopy down to middle hight. Likes the more open habitats including edges. Elevation from 700-2000 m asl but more common in the middle 2/3 of that range.
Food presumably includes small animals such as insects and spiders. Food is captured by crawling along upper side of branches, and loves to investigate epiphytes and moss.
A rattling trill at high and increasing pitch, ending in a down-slurred buzz (or two). Usually with a long interval between sounds, rarely repeated.
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- Hilty, S.L. 2021. Birds of Colombia. Lynx and Birdlife International Field Guides, Lynx Editions, Barcelona. ISBN 978-84-16728-24-4
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Pacific Tuftedcheek. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 30 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Pacific_Tuftedcheek
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