Speckle-chested Piculet Picumnus steindachneri

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg and Carolyn W. Sedgwick


Conservation Status

The IUCN Red List status of Speckle-chested Piculet is assessed as Vulnerable, in view of its small geographic distribution and the loss of habitat within this region (BirdLife International 2012).

Within proper habitat, the relative abundance of Speckle-chested Piculet was assessed as "uncommon" by Schulenberg et al. (2007), but it was observed "daily" at one site by Parker and Parker (1982), and reported by others as "fairly common" and "relatively common" (Hornbuckle 1999).

Effects of human activity on populations

Human population in this region, especially in the Río Mayo valley, is growing rapidly, leading to widespread loss of forest for agriculture (Hornbuckle 1999, BirdLife International 2012). Although the Speckle-chested Piculet can tolerate second growth, at least tall second growth near tall forest, it remains forest dependent, and is very vulnerable to widespread habitat destruction.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and C. W. Sedgwick (2012). Speckle-chested Piculet (Picumnus steindachneri), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.spcpic1.01