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  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Chestnut Piculet
Chestnut Piculet (Picumnus cinnamomeus cinnamomeus)
Los Flamencos Wildlife Sanctuary, Camarones, La Guajira, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Found in arid forest and desert scrub.

Golden-spangled Piculet
Golden-spangled Piculet (Picumnus exilis) Male
Inírida, Guainía, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Golden-spangled Piculet
Golden-spangled Piculet (Picumnus exilis) Female
Inírida, Guainía, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Note golden dots on the back.

Greyish Piculet
Greyish Piculet (Picumnus granadensis granadensis)
Farallones National Park, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Lafresnaye's Piculet
Lafresnaye's Piculet (Picumnus lafresnayi lafresnayi) Male
Reserva Natural Escondite, Putumayo, Colombia
  Female similar but without red on head.
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Olivaceous Piculet
Olivaceous Piculet (Picumnus olivaceus)
Manantiales del Campo, Antioquia, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

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)
Los Güires, Delta Amacuro state, Venezuela  
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.


Scaled Piculet
Scaled Piculet (Picumnus squamulatus)
Minca, Magdalena, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.



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