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Nominate subspecies, Male and female
Photo by rka
Caroni Swamp, Trinidad, April 2018
Veniliornis kirkii


Subspecies cicilii
Photo by Stanley Jones
Camp Darién, Darién Province, Panama, February 2018

15–16 cm (6-6¼ in)

  • Golden-olive upperparts
  • Buff wing spots
  • Red rump
  • Buffy-white underparts with fine dark brown bars
  • Blackish brown tail
  • Black bill

Adult males: red crown and yellow nape
Adult females: dark brown crown, orange-brown nape


Central and South America:
Central America: Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad, Tobago
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil



Subspecies neglectus
Photo by Stanley Jones
Bosque del Rio Tigre Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, February 2015

There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • V. k. neglectus:
  • V. k. cecilii:
  • V. k. kirkii:
  • V. k. continentalis:
  • North and western Venezuela
  • V. k. monticola:
  • Tepuis of south-eastern Venezuela (Mount Roraima and Cerro Uei-tepui)


A variety of woodland habitats, in lowlands and foothills, including adjacent second growth.



They make a nest hole in a dead tree; the clutch contains 2-3 white eggs.


They eat adult and larval wood boring beetles and insects.


Call: a repetitive quee-quee-quee.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Apr 2018)
  4. Wikipedia

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