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Photo © by Fritz73
Porto Seguro, Brazil, 8 September 2017
Xiphorhynchus guttatus

Inlcudes: Lafresnaye's Woodcreeper; Dusky-billed Woodcreeper


22·5–29·5 cm (8¾-11½ in)

  • Rufous upperparts
  • Olive brown underparts, wings and tail
  • Streaked buff head, neck, mantle and chest


  • Long, slightly decurved, and hooked
  • Dark grey upper mandible
  • Pale greyish-horn lower mandible


Subspecies guttatoides
Photo by Stanley Jones
Aconabikh Centre, north of Tarapoto, San Martín, Peru, December 2016

South America: found in Colombia, Guianas Guyana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil



There are 8 subspecies[1]:

  • X. g. polystictus:
  • X. g. connectens:
  • North-western Amazonian Brazil north of the Amazon (Manaus to Amapá)
  • X. g. guttatus:
  • Coastal eastern Brazil (Paraíba to Espírito Santo)

Lafresnaye's Woodcreeper group

  • X. g. guttatoides:
  • Tropical western Amazonian basin
  • X. g. dorbignyanus:

Dusky-billed Woodcreeper group

  • X. g. eytoni:
  • South Amazonian Brazil south of the Amazon (Rio Madeira to Maranhão)
  • X. g. vicinalis:
  • Brazil south of the Amazon (Rio Madeira to Rio Tapajós)
  • X. g. gracilirostris:
  • North-eastern Brazil (Serra do Baturité, Ceará)

Some authorities split the Lafresnaye's Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus guttatoides and/or Dusky-billed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus eytoni from this species.


Humid forest and woodland.



Their diet consists mostly of arthropods with small invertebrates added at times. Items taken may include ants, insects and spiders.


They build a bark-lined nest in a tree hole or hollow stump. The clutch consists of 2 white eggs.


Call: - a loud chev-re chev-re.


  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. Lepage D. (2021) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/330E2699 ]. Retrieved 17 July 2021
  3. Marantz, C. A., J. del Hoyo, N. Collar, A. Aleixo, L. R. Bevier, G. M. Kirwan, and M. A. Patten (2020). Buff-throated Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus guttatus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, B. K. Keeney, P. G. Rodewald, and T. S. Schulenberg, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.butwoo1.01
  4. Wikipedia

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