Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Endangered

Varzea Piculet (Picumnus varzeae)


Taxonomy

French: Picumne des varzéas German: Varzeazwergspecht Spanish: Carpinterito de las várzeas
Taxonomy:

Picumnus varzeae

E. Snethlage

, 1912,

Fazenda Paraiso, near Faro, Pará, Brazil

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Hybridizes occasionally with P. cirratus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Amazonian Brazil between lower R Madeira in E Amazonas and Óbidos in extreme NW Pará, including the river islands.

Descriptive notes

8–9 cm. Male has black forehead and crown, all but lowermost forehead with broad red feather tips forming solid patch; hindcrown and nape black, spotted white; white... read more

Voice

Not documented.

Habitat

Lowland várzea with dense undergrowth.

Food and feeding

No information.

Breeding

Season possibly Jun–Dec. Juveniles observed in Sep. No other information.

Movements

Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Amazon Flooded Forests EBA. Little-known species. No information available on numbers or on relative densities. Small range... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H., Christie, D.A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2017). Varzea Piculet (Picumnus varzeae). 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/56135 on 25 May 2017).