Plain brown Woodcreeper (Dendrocincla fuliginosa)

Plain-brown Woodcreeper

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Dendrocolaptidae | [latin] Dendrocincla fuliginosa | [UK] Plain-brown Woodcreeper | [FR] Grimpar enfume | [DE] Grauwangen-Baumsteiger | [ES] Trepatroncos Fuliginoso | [IT] Rampichino fuligginoso | [NL] Grijswang-muisspecht


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Dendrocincla fuliginosa LA se Honduras through Amazonia, e Brazil
Dendrocincla fuliginosa atrirostris
Dendrocincla fuliginosa barinensis
Dendrocincla fuliginosa deltana
Dendrocincla fuliginosa fuliginosa
Dendrocincla fuliginosa lafresnayei
Dendrocincla fuliginosa meruloides
Dendrocincla fuliginosa neglecta
Dendrocincla fuliginosa phaeochroa
Dendrocincla fuliginosa ridgwayi
Dendrocincla fuliginosa rufoolivacea
Dendrocincla fuliginosa taunayi
Dendrocincla fuliginosa trumaii

Physical charateristics

It is a dull nearly unmarked species. As its name implies, it lacks the streaking shown by most of its relatives, and is plain brown above and below. The bill is longish and straight. Female is smaller.

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fledging min.: 23 days fledging max.: 25 days
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This species has a large range extending from Mexico to north-east Argentina and from the Pacific to the Atlantic in South America.


It primarily inhabits humid and evergreen forest in the lowlands and foothills to 2000m, although generally below 1300 m, and is found less frequently in gallery and deciduous forest, and occasionally in mangroves.


Courtship is minimal in this species, both mates are agressive towards eachother. Nest location is inspected by both adults. It builds a leaf lined nest in tree hollows or hollow trunks (often palms) 1-10 meter up. Clutch size is 1-3 eggs, incubated by female only. The young fledge after 23-25 days and are cared for only by female.

Feeding habits

It is mainly insectivorous, although other invertebrates and small vertebrates are also taken. this bird frequently follows army ants and congregates in groups ranging from one to a dozen birds of the same species. It can also be found alone or in mixed-species flocks. It usually perches on vertical branches, capturing insects driven away by the ants.


The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘fairly common’ in at least parts of its extensive range (Stotz et al. 1996). Although it is considered highly sensitive to habitat fragmentation and human disturbance in at least parts of its range, and is likely to have suffered declines owing to deforestation (Marantz et al. 2003), 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.
Plain-brown Woodcreeper status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Plain-brown Woodcreeper range map


Title Abundance of two Dendrocincla woodcreepers (Aves:
Dendrocolaptidae) in relation to forest structure in Central
Author(s): Renato CINTRA, Adrianny Erika MARUOKA, Luciano Nicolas NAKA
Abstract: Few studies have been conducted to verify how the ..[more]..
Source: Acta amazonica, VOL. 36(2) 2006: 209 – 220

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