Black banded Woodcreeper (Dendrocolaptes picumnus)

Black-banded Woodcreeper

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Dendrocolaptidae | [latin] Dendrocolaptes picumnus | [UK] Black-banded Woodcreeper | [FR] Grimpar varie | [DE] Dunkelschnabel-Baumsteiger | [ES] Trepatroncos Variable | [IT] Rampichino picchio piccolo | [NL] Blauwsnavel-muisspecht


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Dendrocolaptes picumnus LA s Mexico to nw Argentina
Dendrocolaptes picumnus casaresi
Dendrocolaptes picumnus costaricensis
Dendrocolaptes picumnus multistrigatus
Dendrocolaptes picumnus olivaceus
Dendrocolaptes picumnus pallescens
Dendrocolaptes picumnus picumnus
Dendrocolaptes picumnus puncticollis
Dendrocolaptes picumnus seilerni
Dendrocolaptes picumnus transfasciatus
Dendrocolaptes picumnus validus

Physical charateristics

Crown and upperback brown, streaked with buff. Rump, wingsand tail rufous chestnut. Throat fulvous, breast brown, broadly streaked. Belly brown, barred with black. Bill is straight and of medium length. Sexes are alike.

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Found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. In Suriname not uncommon in the savannah forests of the interior.


Prefers humid evergreen forest in a great variety of habitats. Mostly in the understorey of mature forest. Sometimes found along forest edges and scrubby second growth or savannah forest.


Not much known, pairs bond throughout the year. Clutch size is two eggs, the young stay with adults 3-4 months after fledging.

Feeding habits

Diet consists of a great variety of insects, ants, beetles, grasshoppers etc. Also small vertebrates are taken. Most of its feeding takes place near army ants, where it captures insects that try to fly away or other small insects on the ground. Generally only one or two birds of this species are found near the ants. It is occasionally found by itself or following mixed-species flocks.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 5,800,000 km2. The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population size criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., less than 10,000 mature individuals in conjunction with appropriate decline rates and subpopulation qualifiers), even though the species is described as ‘uncommon’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Black-banded Woodcreeper status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range, but northern montane populations may move downslope after breeding.

Distribution map

Black-banded Woodcreeper range map


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