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Picumnus subtilis

Fine-barred Piculet

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Guy M. Kirwan

Picumnus subtilis

Amazonia Lodge, Cosñipata Valley, Madre de Dios, Peru; 1 December 2004 © Joe Tobias

Until recently, the Fine-barred Piculet was considered to be an east Peruvian endemic; however, it has been discovered at multiple sites in extreme southwest Brazil. In terms of its altitudinal range, this piculet ranges from the Amazonian lowlands to approximately 1000 m in the foothills of the Andes. Largely olive above, with a black crown in females (red and black in males), a buffy-colored chin, and grayish underparts finely barred darker, it is a generally uncommon and extremely poorly known bird. Virtually nothing has been published concerning any aspect of the Fine-barred Piculet’s behavior. It possibly hybridizes with the Plain-breasted Piculet (Picumnus castelnau), although this remains unconfirmed to date.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Guy M. Kirwan. 2012. Fine-barred Piculet (Picumnus subtilis), 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
  • Foraging Strata:Midstory/Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Peck
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Mixed Flocks
  • Mating System:
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern