Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Furnariidae (Ovenbirds)  
Genus: Xiphorhynchus (10 species, 13 worldwide)

Genus Xiphorhynchus is a diverse group of medium to large woodcreepers with no single unifying characteristic.

Tschudi's Woodcreeper
Tschudi's Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus chunchotambo napensis)
Reserva Natural La Isla Escondida, Putumayo, Colombia  

Tschudi's Woodcreeper
Tschudi's Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus chunchotambo napensis)
RN La Isla Escondida, Putumayo, Colombia  

A foothill species split from the [Ocellated Woodcreeper], but note curved culmen. Visually also a bit similar to [Buff-throated Woodcreeper], but in all cases differentiated by voice.

Elegant Woodcreeper
Elegant Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus elegans)
Boca Pariamanu, Peru  
Photograph by Isabel Apkarian   © All Rights Reserved.

Spotted Woodcreeper
Spotted Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus erythropygius aequatorialis)
Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Los Bancos, Ecuador  

Spotted Woodcreeper
Spotted Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus erythropygius)
Farallones National Park, Colombia  

Note unspotted crown and spotted throat compared to similar [Olive-backed Woodcreeper], which has a spotted crown and scaled pattern on throat (HBW). Generally found slightly lower than Olive-backed at around 300-1000m.
From back.

Buff-throated Woodcreeper
Buff-throated Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus guttatus guttatoides)
Amacayacu National Park, Amazonas, Colombia  

Split from the [Cocoa Woodcreeper], and vocally similar.
Alt. photo.

Black-striped Woodcreeper
Black-striped Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus lachrymosus alarum)
Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia
  Note dark mantle. Medium to large thin woodcreeper.

Striped Woodcreeper
Striped Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus obsoletus notatus)
InĂ­rida, GuainĂ­a, Colombia  

Common in lowlands, and also seen outside of the forest. Easy to confuse with other species.

Ocellated Woodcreeper
Ocellated Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus ocellatus perplexus)
Manoa, Pando, Bolivia  
Photograph by Joe Tobias   © All Rights Reserved.

An Amazon basin species, split with [Tschudi's Woodcreeper] found in the foothills. Note straighter bill than Tschudi's, and vocal differences.

Chestnut-rumped Woodcreeper
Chestnut-rumped Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus pardalotus)
French Guiana  
Photograph by Michel GIRAUD-AUDINE   © All Rights Reserved.

Cocoa Woodcreeper
Cocoa Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus susurrans)
Metropolitan Park, Panama City, Panama
  Split from the [Buff-throated Woodcreeper] found in Amazon lowlands.

Olive-backed Woodcreeper
Olive-backed Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus triangularis triangularis)
Versalles, Colombia  

Medium sized woodcreeper Found from 1200-2500m in Andean forests. Note spotted crown and scaled throat pattern compared to similar [Spotted Woodcreeper], which has a unspotted crown and spotted throat (HBW).
Weak photo of bird with large prey item.

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