Barred Woodcreeper (Dendrocolaptes certhia)

Barred Woodcreeper

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Furnariidae | [latin] Dendrocolaptes certhia | [UK] Barred Woodcreeper | [FR] Picucule barre | [DE] Binden-Baumsteiger | [ES] Trepatroncos Barrado Amazonico | [NL] Gebandeerde Muisspecht


Monotypic species


Physical charateristics

Crown, nape and sides of head light-brown with black margins. Upper back brown faintly barred black. Lower back, tails and wings chestnut. underparts pale buff, lightly barred black. Chin and throat dirty white. The bill is slightly decurved varying in color from light-brown to black. The sexes are alike.

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South America : Amazonia


Humid evergreen forest, mostly in the understorey of mature forest. Sometimes found along forest edges and scrubby second growth.


Breeding behavior poorly known. Nest is in a natural cavity or old woodpecker hole probably not far above ground 2-3 meter). pair remains bonded throughout the year, a 9-10 month breeding cycle has been suggested in some regions. Cutch size is a single egg, incubated by both parents.

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. Has also been associated with groups of monkees.


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Found in the whole of the Amazon Basin of Brazil and the Guianas,Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. One disjunct population exists 1800 km east of the Amazon Basin in eastern coastal Brazil. In Suriname common in the sandy forests and savannahs of the interior, absent in the mangroves.
Barred Woodcreeper status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Barred Woodcreeper distribution range map

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