Wedge-billed Woodcreeper (Glyphorynchus spirurus)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Alpahuayo-Mishana, Loreto

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manaus, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Brazil | Colombia

Identification & Behavior: ~13.5 cm (5.2 in). The Wedge-billed Woodcreeper is mostly rufous brown with a chestnut tail. It has a short, stubby, and upturned bill with a silver mandible. It has a buffy superciliary. The throat is orange-rufous but this is variable. The throat, upper breast, and sides of the head are streaked with buff. The wing is rufous with a dusky band visible in flight. The Wedge-billed Woodcreeper forages in the understory of humid forest in Amazonia, often in the company of mixed species flocks. It is as small as the Olivaceous Woodcreeper but is distinguished by richer and uniform rufous-brown coloration, streaks on the throat and breast, and a short and stubby upturned bill. The also similar Spot-throated Woodcreeper is overall larger, has a longer “more normal” bill, and has no rufous on the throat.

Status: The Wedge-billed Woodcreeper is uncommon and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1400 m along the east slope of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Trepador Pico de Cuña.

Sub-species: Wedge-billed Woodcreeper (Glyphorynchus spirurus castelnaudii), Des Murs, 1856.  W Amazonia, S of Amazon & R Napo, in E & NE Peru (S to Junín) and W Brazil (E to R Madeira).
(Glyphorynchus spirurus albigularis), Chapman, 1923.  SW Amazonia in SE Peru (Puno) and N Bolivia (S to La Paz, Cochabamba).

Meaning of Name: Glyphorynchus: Gr. gluphis, gluphidos= chisel and rhunkhos= bill. spirurus: Gr. Speira= coil and ouros, oura= tailed, tail.

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Distribution Mapwedge-billed woodcreeper



    • 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. on 03/01/2017.