Fine-barred Piculet Picumnus subtilis

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S. and Guy M. Kirwan

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.


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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S. and Guy M. Kirwan. 2012. Fine-barred Piculet (Picumnus subtilis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.