Speckle-chested Piculet Picumnus steindachneri

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


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

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

Distribution in the Americas

Speckle-chested Piculet is resident in a small area along the east slope of the Andes of northern Peru, in the departments of San Martín and Amazonas. Most known localities are in the drainage of the Río Huallaga, but it also has been found at one site in the Utcubamba valley, at tributary of the Río Marañón (unpublished specimens in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology). The northernmost known locality is on the east side of Abra Patricia, in the Río Mayo drainage northwest of Moyobamba (Parker and Parker 1982), and the southernmost locality is at La Rivera (06º52' S; Samamé and Fjeldså 1999).

Known distribution of Picumnus steindachneri. Solid circles: specimen records; dotted line: 1000 m contour (Schulenberg et al. 2006) The areas of humid montane forest that drain into the Río Marañón north and northwest of Moyobamba are all but unknown; it is possible that the distribution of Speckle-chested Piculet extends into this region. Also very poorly known are the regions between La Rivera and the relatively well known Cordillera Carpish in the department of Huánuco; it is possible that Speckle-chested Piculet also occurs farther south than currently is known.

The elevational distribution of the Speckle-chested Piculet is 1000-2300 m (Hornbuckle 1999).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Speckle-chested Piculet occupies humid montane forest, forest edge, and adjacent tall second growth (Parker and Parker 1982, 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). 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