These poorly known piculets lives in gallery forests, deciduous forests, and second growth where they like forest borders, mangroves, swampy areas, and clearings. Both males and females have black caps with white speckles, and males have red streaking on the crown. Individuals or pairs hop along branches or in tangles pecking at branches for food as they go. They often prefer to be higher in trees. Few pieces of additional life history information are currently available for these resident piculets.