Long-tailed Woodcreeper (Deconychura longicauda)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Furnariidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Orellana, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manu National Park, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Orellana, Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~21.5 cm (8.4 in) (male), 19 cm (7.4 in) (female). The Long-tailed Woodcreeper has an olive-brown mantle and underparts. The wings and tail are rufous. The crown in darker with thin buffy streaks. The bill is straight and dusky-gray. It has a buffy but poorly defined eyering and thin superciliary. The throat, sides of the head, and breast are spotted/streaked with light rufous. The male is larger than the female. The tail is proportionally longer than in other woodcreepers. It forages alone or in pairs often along with mixed species flocks. It looks long and slender. The plumage pattern in similar to that of a Spot-throated Woodcreeper but the Long-tailed Woodcreeper is larger and forages higher in the understory than the Spot-throated Woodcreeper. The voice must be considered when identifying woodcreepers of similar appearance.

Status: The Long-tailed Woodcreeper is uncommon to rare but widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1700 m along the east slope of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Trepador de Cola Larga.

Sub-species: Long-tailed Woodcreeper (Deconychura longicauda connectens), J. T. Zimmer, 1929.  W & NW Amazonia, N of Amazon, from E Colombia and S Venezuela S to E Peru (W of R Ucayali) and NW Brazil (upper R Negro).
(Deconychura longicauda pallida), J. T. Zimmer, 1929.  S Amazonia, S of Amazon, from E & SE Peru (E of R Ucayali) E to C Amazonian Brazil (E at least to R Tapajós) and S to N Bolivia and N Mato Grosso.

Meaning of Name: Deconychura: Gr. Deka= ten and onux, onukhos= claw and oura= tail. longicauda: L. longus =long and cauda= tail.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2017.