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Black-banded Woodcreeper Dendrocolaptes picumnus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Furnariidae
  • Polytypic: 10 subspecies
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Conservation Status

The IUCN Red List status of Black-banded Woodcreeper is Least Concern (BirdLife International 2015). Due to its large range (5,740,000 km2) and large population size (500,000-4,999,999 mature individuals), it does not reach the threshold to be classified as Vulnerable (BirdLife International 2015). It is considered Threatened under Mexican law (NOM-059 SEMARNAT 2010). This species is also a tropical resident of high tri-national concern (Mexico-U.S.-Canada) to Partners in Flight (Berlanga et al. 2010). Based on determinations of habitat loss, Berlanga et al. (2010) estimated that at least 50% of its population has been lost in Mexico during the last century.

Effects of human activity on populations

Black-banded Woodcreeper faces heightened risk because of its specialization on threatened tropical highland forest habitats. The primary threat to this species is loss of this habitat type due to unsustainable logging, wood harvesting, clearing for agriculture, and livestock grazing.

Recommended Citation

Black-banded Woodcreeper (Dendrocolaptes picumnus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: