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Cerro Blanco, Guayaquil, Ecuador, 27 March 2007
Lepidocolaptes souleyetii


19 cm. Olive brown upperparts, fine streaking on the crown, nape and upper back, chestnut rump, wings and tail, and heavily streaked olive-brown underparts. The 2.5 cm long bill is slender and decurved. Young birds are duller with less distinct streaking.


South America: found from southern Mexico to Guyana, northwestern Peru, northern Brazil, and on Trinidad.



Seven subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • L. s. guerrerensis:
  • W Mexico (Sierra Madre del Sur of Guerrero and sw Oaxaca)
  • L. s. compressus:
  • S Mexico (Veracruz and Chiapas) to w Panama
  • L. s. lineaticeps:
  • Cent. and e Panama to n Colombia and w Venezuela
  • L. s. littoralis:
  • Tropical nw Colombia to Guyana and adj. n Brazil; Trinidad
  • L. s. uaireni:
  • Extreme se Venezuela (along Rio Uairén in se Bolívar)
  • L. s. esmeraldae:
  • Tropical sw Colombia (Nariño) and w Ecuador (s to El Oro)
  • L. s. souleyetii:
  • Tropical sw Ecuador and nw Peru (south to Lambayeque)


Damp light woodland, plantations, gardens, and clearings with trees.



Their diet consists mostly of spiders and insects; it creeps up trunks and extracts its prey from the bark or mosses.


The construct a leaf-lined nest in a tree cavity, or sometimes an old woodpecker hole, and lays 2 white eggs.


Call: a sharp rolled djeer
Song: a whistled piiiiiiiiir piiiiiiiiir piiiiiiiiir.


  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/

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