Ecuadorian Piculet (Picumnus sclateri)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Southwest Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Southwest Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Northwest Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Northwest Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~9.5 cm (3.7 in). The Ecuadorian Piculet has the head and underparts dusky and gray. The upperparts are olive-brown. The throat and breast are barred, but the rest of the underparts are streaked. Both sexes have black top of the head with white spots, but only males have gold on the forehead. It overlaps only with the Olivaceous Piculet but is distinguished by the overall gray and dusky plumage with barred breast and streaked belly. It also favors drier forest and scrub habitats than Olivaceous Piculet.  

Status: The Ecuadorian Piculet occurs in the semi-deciduous forest of extreme northwest Peru where it is uncommon. It is known to range up to 1800 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Ec.

Name in Spanish: Carpinterito Ecuatoriano.

Sub-species: Ecuadorian Piculet (Picumnus sclateri sclateri), Taczanowski 1877. SW Ecuador (El Oro, Loja) and extreme NW Peru.
(P. s. porcullae), J. Bond 1954. NW Peru from C Piura S to N Lambayeque.

Meaning of Name: Picumnus: Fr. Picumne, Piculet= little woodpecker. sclateri:  In honor of Phillip Lutley Sclater, English ornithologist, collector, and author.

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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.