Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Bar-bellied Woodcreeper (Hylexetastes stresemanni)


French: Grimpar de Stresemann German: Wellenbauch-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos de Stresemann

Hylexetastes stresemanni

E. Snethlage

, 1925,

Acajutuba, lower Rio Negro, Brazil


Close to H. perrotii and possibly conspecific, having similarities in voice and morphology; characters of race insignis suggest possible intergradation between the two species. Has apparently hybridized intergenerically with Dendrocolaptes picumnus in W Brazil, one of few cases of hybridization in suboscines. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. s. insignis J. T. Zimmer, 1934 – extreme NW corner of Amazonian Brazil on N bank of R Uaupés and adjacent Colombia (Vaupés).
  • H. s. stresemanni E. Snethlage, 1925 – NW Amazonia, in Brazil from lower R Negro S to R Solimões (W limit unknown); recently confirmed, presumably this subspecies, in E Ecuador#R.
  • H. s. undulatus Todd, 1925 – SW Amazonia S of Amazon, in E Peru (upper R Ucayali), N Bolivia (Pando) and NW Brazil (E to at least R Purus, probably to R Madeira).
  • Descriptive notes

    28–29 cm; male 114–125 g, female 102 g. Large, heavy-bodied wood­creeper with large head, short but massive bill, heavy legs and feet, relatively short tail.... read more


    Song, given almost exclusively at first light, a loud and somewhat shrill series of 4–6... read more


    Humid forest in Amazonian lowlands, both terra firme and in floodplains. Generally in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little known; brief observations in W Brazil suggest that diet and foraging behaviour over ants similar to those of H. perrotii.... read more


    Nothing published on any aspect of breeding biology.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. A rarely seen and little-known species; probably uncommon to rare, but occurs in one of the regions of Amazonia that is best-preserved and least... read more

    Recommended citation

    Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R. & Patten, M.A. (2020). Bar-bellied Woodcreeper (Hylexetastes stresemanni). 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 on 17 February 2020).