Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Eastern Barred Woodcreeper (Dendrocolaptes punctipectus)


French: Grimpar piqueté German: Magdalenatal-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos barrado oriental

Dendrocolaptes certhia puncti-pectus

Phelps, Sr and Gilliard

, 1940,

La Sierra, Río Negro, Perijá district, Zulia, Venezuela


Hitherto considered conspecific with D. sanctithomae, but differs in its song#R, which consists of the same number of whistles but which, instead of being markedly upslurred throughout, start flat in pitch and become progressively overslurred, hence much narrower frequency range on first notes (3) and lower maximum frequency over entire song (2); plus larger size (at least 1); and indistinctly mottled vs barred chin and throat (1). Proposed race hyleorus (Magdalena, Colombia) doubtfully distinct. Monotypic.

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N Colombia (middle Magdalena Valley S to Santander, also Norte de Santander) and NW Venezuela (Maracaibo Basin in Zulia and N Mérida).

Descriptive notes

28–29 cm. Head, back and underparts brown, evenly barred with dusky, becoming faintest on back, with lower back, wings and tail uniform rufous-chestnut; bill heavy, straight... read more


Compared to that of formerly conspecific D. sanctithomae, song is markedly different,... read more


Humid forest. Primarily tall evergreen forest, but occurs less frequently in mangroves along coast... read more

Food and feeding

Virtually no information, but its diet and foraging behaviour are presumably both similar to the much better-studied D. sanctithomae... read more


Almost nothing known; birds in breeding condition in Mar and adult feeding fledgling in mid Jun in NW Colombia.


Presumably mainly or entirely sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Probably among the most threatened of all dendrocolaptids as a result of extensive habitat destruction within its highly restricted, lowland range in N Colombia... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Eastern Barred Woodcreeper (Dendrocolaptes punctipectus). 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 21 February 2020).