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Ocellated Piculet Picumnus dorbignyanus

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg and Carolyn W. Sedgwick


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

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

Distribution in the Americas

The Ocellated Piculet is resident in humid montane forests in Peru (jelskii) from the Divisoria, at the Ucayali/Huánuco border, south to the Urubamba valley in Cuzco (Chapman 1921, Traylor 1958, Walker 2005, Schulenberg et al. 2007). Distribution in Peru of the Ocellated Piculet. Solid circles: specimen records; open circles; sight records; dotted line: 1000 m contour (Schulenberg et al. 2006) The nominate subspecies (dorbignyanus) occurs from La Paz south to Chuquisaca and Tarija in Bolivia (Bond and Meyer de Schauensee 1943, Hennessey et al. 2003), and in northwestern Argentina in Jujuy and Salta (Olrog 1958, Mazar Barnett and Pearman 2001).

The elevational range of the Ocellated Piculet in Peru is 800–2400 m (Lane and Pequeño 2004, Schulenberg et al. 2007). The elevational range in Bolivia is broader, from 900-33oo m (Hennessey et al. 2003).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Ocellated Piculet occupies humid montane forest, forest edge, and adjacent tall second growth (Parker et al. 1996, Schulenberg et al. 2007).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and C. W. Sedgwick (2012). Ocellated Piculet (Picumnus dorbignyanus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.