French: Picumne à ventre roux German: Rotbauch-Zwergspecht Spanish: Carpinterito ventrirrufo
western Brazil near border with Peru.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. r. rufiventris
(Bonaparte, 1838) – E slope of Andes from CS Colombia to E Ecuador, NE Peru and W Amazonian Brazil.
P. r. grandis
Carriker, 1930 – CE Peru (W to Huánuco and Junín) and neighbouring SW Amazonian Brazil.
P. r. brunneifrons
Stager, 1968 – NW & C Bolivia (Pando, Beni, Cochabamba).
9–11 cm; 12–16 g, 21 g (grandis). Male has black forehead to nape, crown feathers tipped red, rest spotted white to buff, most prominently on nape; white... read more
Quiet; occasional high thin “tseeyt-tseeyt-tsit”, notes dropping in pitch.
Humid forest in thick understorey of forest edge, also in second growth, including overgrown... read more
Food and feeding
Little known. Observed in W Brazil consuming adult ants and their larvae, and using culms and branches of bamboo and vines as foraging... read more
Season Jan–Mar in Peru and Bolivia, probably later in Ecuador. In Acre, W Brazil, an apparently recently fledged juvenile observed in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common in Colombia; rare to locally uncommon in Ecuador; uncommon in Peru. Probably overlooked owing to inconspicuous... read more
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