Bar-breasted Piculet (Picumnus aurifrons)

Order: Piciformes | Family: Picidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Carajas, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Amazonian, Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~9 cm (3.5 in). The Bar-breasted Piculet is greenish with shades of yellow. The throat and breast are barred, but the rest of the underparts are streaked. Both sexes have dusky top of the head with white spots, but only males have orange on the forehead. It is similar to Lafresnaye’s Piculet and to a lesser extent to Fine-barred Piculet but is distinguished by the barred breast and streaked belly.

Status: The Bar-breasted Piculet occurs on the south side of the Amazon/Marañon, and east side of the Ucayali Rivers. It favors the forest canopy of the Amazonian forest. It is known to range up to 1250 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Br and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Carpinterito de Pecho Barrado.

Sub-species: Bar-breasted Piculet (Picumnus aurifrons flavifrons), Hargitt 1889. NE Peru and W Brazil (along R Solimões).
(P. a. juruanus), Gyldenstolpe 1941. E Peru to W Brazil (upper R Juruá).

Meaning of Name: Picumnus: Fr. Picumne, Piculet= little woodpecker. aurifrons: L. aurum, auri= gold, golden, and frons, front front= brow, forehead.

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Distribution Map


    • 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 01/01/2015.