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Picumnus rufiventris

Rufous-breasted Piculet

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae
  • Polytypic 3 Subspecies

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Hope Batcheller

Picumnus rufiventris

Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil; 4 April 2013 © Tomaz Melo

Although its range stretches from southern Colombia south to Bolivia and east into western Brazil, Rufous-breasted Piculet is uncommon and local. They are inconspicuous, and usually seen quietly foraging on small branches and vines. Primarily inhabitants of river-edge and second-growth forest, they generally stay in small trees of the understory. The bright chestnut coloration on the breast is distinctive, but note also the green back and finely dotted crown. They are usually encountered singly or in pairs, and often join mixed foraging flocks. In general, Rufous-breasted Piculets are not particularly vocal, but their drum is a series of several rapid bursts.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Hope Batcheller. 2012. Rufous-breasted Piculet (Picumnus rufiventris), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:River edge forest edge
  • Foraging Strata:Understory
  • Foraging Behavior:Peck
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern