Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Dot-fronted Woodpecker (Veniliornis frontalis)


French: Pic étoilé German: Perlstirnspecht Spanish: Carpintero de las Yungas

Cloronerpes [sic] (Campias) frontalis


, 1883,

Tucumán, Argentina


Member of the V. passerinus clade (see above). Sometimes hybridizes with V. passerinus, and occasionally considered conspecific. Monotypic.


Andes from Bolivia (Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz) S to NW Argentina (S to Tucumán).

Descriptive notes

c. 16 cm; 30–40 g. Male has olive to grey-brown forehead heavily spotted with white, red forecrown to nape with extensive dark grey feather bases showing through,... read more


Similar to that of V. spilogaster: makes series of 8–10 “juíc!” or “jíc!” calls, or... read more


Dry montane woodland and transitional and humid forest of Andean slopes; to 2000 m, generally lower.

Food and feeding

Diet not described. Often forages at low levels, near ground, on trunks and smaller branches.


Very few data. Active nest in mid-Nov in Argentina; juveniles recorded in Sept and Oct. Single known nest c. 8 m above ground in cavity in... read more


Some downslope movements occur outside breeding season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally rather uncommon. In Argentina, occurs in El Rey National Park and fairly common in Calilegua National Park. Very poorly known species;... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Dot-fronted Woodpecker (Veniliornis frontalis). 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 10 December 2019).