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Photo © by Roynato
South-East Brazil, November 2023
Photo © by bievreJJ
Fazenda Bacury, Sao Paulo, Brazil, September 2017
Veniliornis passerinus


Female, Subspecies agilis
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Tarapoto, San Martín, Peru, December 2016

This bird is one of the smallest woodpeckers at 14–15 cm (5½-6 in).

  • Greyish forehead
  • Red crown to nape
  • Brownish-olive head


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, The Guianas, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and northeast Argentina.



There are 9 subspecies[1]:

  • V. p. fidelis: East Colombia to western Venezuela
  • V. p. modestus: North East Venezuela
  • V. p. passerinus: The Guianas and north-eastern Brazil
  • V. p. diversus: North Brazil
  • V. p. agilis: East Ecuador to northern Bolivia and western Brazil
  • V. p. olivinus: South Brazil to Paraguay, Bolivia and northern Argentina
  • V. p. taenionotus: East Brazil
  • V. p. tapajozensis: Central Brazil
  • V. p. insignis: West-central Brazil


Tropical forest including rainforest, second growth, riparian forest etc, Mostly below 800 m asl but higher in Colombia and not as high in the south end of its range. They appear to show a preference for forest edges and clearings and second growth.



Their insectivorous diet consists of ants, termites, beetles and larvae etc. They forage alone, in pairs and groups.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)
  3. BF Member observations

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