Speckle-chested Piculet Picumnus steindachneri

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Speckle-chested Piculet is similar to that of many other species of Picumnus, "a high-pitched, rapid, falling trill: tree'e'e'e'e'e'e" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2007).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Juveniles reported "noisily begging" for food from attending adults, but begging calls not described (Parker and Parker 1982).

Additional recordings of vocalizations of Speckle-chested Piculet can be heard at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

The "vigorous tapping" during foraging can produce "a distinctive rattling sound" (Parker and Parker 1982).

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