Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Fine-barred Piculet (Picumnus subtilis)


French: Picumne de Cuzco German: Cuzcozwergspecht Spanish: Carpinterito de Cuzco

Picumnus subtilis


, 1968,

Hacienda Villacarmen, Cuzco, south-eastern Peru


Thought possibly to be sister to P. castelnau, with which may occasionally hybridize; a possible hybrid reported from upper R Ucayali in Loreto (N Peru)#R. Monotypic.


E Peru, in N & E Cuzco, W Madre de Dios and NW Puno, and W Brazil (Acre)#R#R.

Descriptive notes

10 cm; 10–11 g. Male has black forehead to nape, feathers of upper forehead and crown tipped orange-red, crown sides and nape spotted white; pale buff-white lores and... read more


Song is a series of typically five high pitched notes "SEE..see..see..see..see... read more


Humid tropical forests. From lowlands to Andean foothills at 1000 m.

Food and feeding

No information.


No definite information; season probably Apr–Jul.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South-east Peruvian Lowlands EBA. Rare and little known. Occurs at Amazonia Lodge. Formerly considered Near-... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H., Christie, D.A. & Boesman, P. (2020). Fine-barred Piculet (Picumnus subtilis). 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 29 February 2020).