Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Dusky-winged Woodpecker (Hylatomus fuscipennis)


French: Pic à ailes brunes German: Küstenlinienspecht Spanish: Picamaderos pardo

Dryocopus fuscipennis

P. L. Sclater

, 1860,

Babahoyo, Ecuador


Hitherto considered conspecific with H. lineatus, but differs in its dark brown vs glossy black plumage (3); blurry brown rather than clear-cut black bars on belly (2); smaller size (strongest difference in tail, with effect size −4.6, score 2). Monotypic.


W Ecuador and NW Peru.

Descriptive notes

c. 30–34 cm. Male has bright red forehead to crown and crest, often some dark grey feather bases visible (in worn plumage), blackish to dark grey area from upper lores... read more


Common call a loud, explosive, far-carrying “wicwic-wicwicwic” or similar, often extended to up to... read more


Occurs in most forested or wooded habitats, in humid, transitional and fairly dry areas; generally... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes adult and larval ants (especially of genus Azteca, also Crematogaster and Camponotus), adult and... read more


No documented information available.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common in Ecuador and uncommon in Peru. Population size not yet quantified, but this species is thought not... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Dusky-winged Woodpecker (Hylatomus fuscipennis). 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 27 January 2020).