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Picumnus dorbignyanus

Ocellated Piculet

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae
  • Polytypic 2 Subspecies

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Carolyn W. Sedgwick

Life History


Essentially unknown. The contents of one stomach were "insects" (specimen in the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science).


Very poorly known. Foraging behavior similar to that of other species of Picumnus, foraging for insects along slender branches and vines in the midstory and canopy. Unlike larger woodpeckers, piculets do not use the tail as a brace against the substrate.


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Sexual Behavior

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Social and interspecific behavior

Usually encountered as singles or pairs in association with mixed species flocks (Walker 2005, Schulenberg et al. 2007).


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Nest and eggs undescribed.

Populations and Demography

There is no information related to topics such as age at first breeding, life span and survivorship, dispersal, or population regulation for Ocellated Piculet.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Carolyn W. Sedgwick. 2012. Ocellated Piculet (Picumnus dorbignyanus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: