Birds of Colombia

    PICIFORMES: Picidae (Woodpeckers)  
Genus: Picumnus (11 species, 27 worldwide)

Piculets (genus Picumnus) are small sparrow-sized woodpeckers. Males generally have red or yellow spots on the head.


Bar-breasted Piculet
Bar-breasted Piculet (Picumnus aurifrons)
Sao Jose Do Rio Claro, Mato Grosso, Brazil
  Note horizontal barring on chest, and vertical streaking below.
   
Photograph by Dave Curtis     Copyright and usage info


Plain-breasted Piculet
Plain-breasted Piculet (Picumnus castelnau)
Puerto Nariño, Amazonas, Colombia  
   


Chestnut Piculet
Chestnut Piculet (Picumnus cinnamomeus cinnamomeus)
Los Flamencos Wildlife Sanctuary, Camarones, La Guajira, Colombia  
   

Found in arid forest and desert scrub.

Golden-spangled Piculet
Golden-spangled Piculet (Picumnus exilis) Male
Inírida, Guainía, Colombia  
   

Golden-spangled Piculet
Golden-spangled Piculet (Picumnus exilis) Female
Inírida, Guainía, Colombia  
   

Note golden dots on the back.

Greyish Piculet
Greyish Piculet (Picumnus granadensis granadensis) ENDEMIC
Farallones National Park, Colombia  
   


Lafresnaye's Piculet
Lafresnaye's Piculet (Picumnus lafresnayi lafresnayi) Male
Reserva Natural Escondite, Putumayo, Colombia
  Female similar but without red on head.
   


Olivaceous Piculet
Olivaceous Piculet (Picumnus olivaceus)
Manantiales del Campo, Antioquia, Colombia  
   

Note streaking in front.
A greyish individual, but streaking on front and range indicates Olivaceous and not Greyish.

Orinoco Piculet
Orinoco Piculet (Picumnus pumilus) Male
Mitu, Vaupes, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

Similar to [Golden-spangled Piculet], but without any spots on back.

Rufous-breasted Piculet
Rufous-breasted Piculet (Picumnus rufiventris)
Ecuador  
   
Photograph by Stephen J. Davies   © All Rights Reserved.


White-bellied Piculet
White-bellied Piculet (Picumnus spilogaster orinocensis) Vulnerable
Los Güires, Delta Amacuro state, Venezuela  
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.


Scaled Piculet
Scaled Piculet (Picumnus squamulatus)
Minca, Magdalena, Colombia  
   



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