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Fine-barred Piculet Picumnus subtilis

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


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Fine-barred Piculet
eBird range map for Fine-barred Piculet

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Fine-barred Piculet is resident in southeastern Peru and in adjacent far western Brazil. Most localities in Peru are near the base of the Andes, from the upper Ucayali valley (Santa Rosa, department to Ucayali) south and east to the department of Puno (Candamo). Distribution in Peru of Fine-barred Piculet. Solid circles: specimen records; open circles; sight records; dotted line: 1000 m contour (Schulenberg et al. 2006)

Recently recorded as well in western Brazil in Acre, at several sites within the drainage of the Rio Purus (Rego et al. 2009); presumably the distribution is continuous between the Peruvian and Brazilian localities, although the species was not encountered at Balta, in Peru in the upper Purus drainage (O'Neill 1974).

The elevational distribution extends up to 1100 m (Walker et al. 2006, Schulenberg et al. 2007).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


In Peru, Fine-barred Piculet is best known from river edge forests and secondary forests (Parker et al. 1996, Schulenberg et al. 2007). In Brazil, however, it occurs in the edges of terra firme forests dominated by Guadua bamboo (Rego et al. 2009). The importance of bamboo as a habitat for Fine-barred Piculet remains unclear, as it has not been found in seemingly similar habitat elsewhere in western Brazil (Rego et al. 2009); nonetheless, there are extensive areas of bamboo in southeastern Peru between the Andean foothills and southern Acre, and so perhaps Fine-barred Piculet occupies much of this region.

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and G. M. Kirwan (2012). Fine-barred Piculet (Picumnus subtilis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.