These small piculets live around humid forest edges, old second growth, disturbed forests, and savannas. They are especially common in forest openings and in dense riparian areas filled with bamboo. Golden-spangled Piculets are rather active but they maintain a low profile as they forage at all heights in pairs or family groups of 3-5. They give a high pitched seeeek seeeek as they hunt for ants and other insects, and they often hop along in thickets near mixed-species flocks. These dynamic birds are often seen hanging on twigs or pecking at small branches. Their underparts have narrow barring and their upper backs look spotted.