Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-rumped Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus pardalotus)


French: Grimpar flambé German: Beigekehl-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos silbador

Dendrocopus pardalotus


, 1818,



Recent molecular data indicate that this species is basal to the sister-taxa of X. ocellatus (with beauperthuysii) and X. chunchotambo#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • X. p. caurensis Todd, 1948 – tepui region from S & SE Venezuela (Amazonas, Bolívar) and adjacent N Brazil E to W Guyana; possibly also W to extreme E Colombia.
  • X. p. pardalotus (Vieillot, 1818) – NE Amazonia in the Guianas and N Brazil (R Negro E to Amapá); purported records S of R Amazon (upper R Urucu and lower R Tapajós) probably based on mislabelled specimens#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    21·5–23·5 cm; male 32–49 g, female 27–46 g. Medium-sized woodcreeper with slim, relatively long bill only slightly decurved. Nominate race has face and auri... read more


    Song, given intermittently, most often at dusk and dawn, a series c. 2·5 seconds long of c. 15... read more


    Primarily lowland evergreen forest, but also lower montane forest in tepui region. Occupies mostly... read more

    Food and feeding

    Chiefly insectivorous. Prey taken over ants often too small to identify, but larger items have included spiders, grasshoppers (Acrididae),... read more


    In French Guiana, eggs in late Jul to mid-Sept, hatching at one nest on 22nd Sept and fledging at another on 26th Sept; in Manaus (Brazil... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common in lowland forest throughout range. Estimated densities in primary forest in French Guiana 7–12 pairs/100 ha. As most... read more

    Recommended citation

    Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R. & Patten, M.A. (2020). Chestnut-rumped Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus pardalotus). 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 28 January 2020).