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White-barred Piculet Picumnus cirratus


The White-barred Piculet inhabits open forest and scrub. This species has a disjunct distribution, with populations in northern South America in southwestern Guyana, and in French Guiana and northeastern Brazil; and in south central South America, from Bolivia east to southern Brazil.  The White-barred Piculet has a black crown (with a red forecrown in the male), dull brown upperparts and cheek patches,  and white underparts that are barred with black.  Their diet consists mainly of the larvae and eggs of wood-boring beetles, as well as ants and possibly sap.  White-barred Piculets forage by audibly hammering in order to excavate holes in trees and shrubs.  The White-barred Piculet has a complex taxonomy; it includes three subspecies groups (in northern, south central, and southeastern South America), each of which perhaps is a separate species. The White-barred Piculet also is closely similar to several other species of piculet. The White-barred may hybridize with several other similar species of piculet where their distributions come in contact, such as with Varzea Piculet Picumnus varzae along the Amazon River; with Ocellated Piculet Picumnus dorbignyanus in Bolivia; with Ochre-collared Piculet Picumnus temminckii in southeastern Brazil; and with White-wedged Piculet Picumnus albosquamatus in Bolivia.

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Recommended Citation

White-barred Piculet (Picumnus cirratus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: