Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Lafresnaye's Piculet (Picumnus lafresnayi)


Taxonomy

French: Picumne de Lafresnaye German: Lafresnayezwergspecht Spanish: Carpinterito de Lafresnaye
Taxonomy:

Picumnus Lafresnayi

Malherbe

, 1862,

Ecuador

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Closely related to P. pumilus and has been thought conspecific (see above); formerly considered conspecific with P. aurifrons, but may be closer to P. exilis. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. l. lafresnayi Malherbe, 1862 – SE Colombia, E Ecuador and N Peru (S to San Martín).
  • P. l. punctifrons Taczanowski, 1886 – N Peru (SE Amazonas).
  • P. l. taczanowskii Domaniewski, 1925 – NE & NC Peru (Huánuco to N Ayacucho).
  • P. l. pusillus Pinto, 1936 – NC Brazil on middle R Amazon E to R Negro.
  • Descriptive notes

    9–10 cm; 9–10 g. Male has dark olive-brown cap with red forecrown spots, whitish spots on rest of crown and nape; pale buff lores, whitish feather edges forming... read more

    Voice

    Largely silent, but occasional high-pitched “tseeyt, tsit”.

    Habitat

    Inhabits heavily forested, very humid country, preferring secondary growth, forest edges and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Termites; presumably also other small invertebrates. Forages in lower and middle strata. Gleaning is the only feeding technique recorded.... read more

    Breeding

    Few records available suggest nesting in Jul–Nov. One nest was in hole c. 3 m up in a shrub, and contained 2 eggs; both sexes care... read more

    Movements

    Presumably resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common in Ecuador; regularly recorded on Baeza-Tena and Loreto roads. Considered rare in Peru.

    Recommended citation

    Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2017). Lafresnaye's Piculet (Picumnus lafresnayi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/56126 on 25 May 2017).