Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Ecuadorian Piculet (Picumnus sclateri)


French: Picumne de Sclater German: Braunohr-Zwergspecht Spanish: Carpinterito ecuatoriano

Picumnus sclateri


, 1877,

Lechugal, Peru


Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. s. parvistriatus Chapman, 1921 – W Ecuador from Manabí S to Guayas.
  • P. s. sclateri Taczanowski, 1877 – SW Ecuador (El Oro, Loja) and extreme NW Peru.
  • P. s. porcullae J. Bond, 1954 – NW Peru from C Piura S to N Lambayeque.
  • Descriptive notes

    8–9 cm; 9–12·4 g. Male has black forehead to hindneck, feathers of central forehead to about mid-crown narrowly tipped yellow, remainder tipped white; white lores... read more


    High-pitched “tseee-tsuit”, also single or double “tseeet”.


    Dry deciduous forest, and arid areas with cacti and low thorny scrub; also in more humid lower... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information on diet; probably similar to that of P. olivaceus. Forages at lower levels of habitat.


    Nests from Jun to Sept in Peru; in Ecuador, song Apr–Aug and family parties observed in Jul. No other information.


    Presumably resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA. Uncommon in Ecuador, where occurs in Machalilla National Park. Uncommon in Peru.

    Recommended citation

    Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Ecuadorian Piculet (Picumnus sclateri). 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 13 December 2019).