Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Greyish Piculet (Picumnus granadensis)


French: Picumne gris German: Braunrücken-Zwergspecht Spanish: Carpinterito colombiano

Picumnus granadensis


, 1847,

Cali, Colombia


Closely related to P. olivaceus, and possibly conspecific. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. g. antioquensis Chapman, 1915 – W Andes in NW Colombia, from Antioquia S, on W slope, to upper R San Juan.
  • P. g. granadensis Lafresnaye, 1847 – middle and upper Cauca Valley S to upper Patía Valley, in W Colombia.
  • Descriptive notes

    9–10 cm; 12–13 g. Male has black forehead to nape, crown feathers finely tipped yellow, rest tipped white; white lores; chestnut-brown ear-coverts sometimes with... read more


    Calls infrequently, a high-pitched weak trill on one pitch.


    Edges of dry to moderately humid forest, second growth, scrub and woodland, at 800–2100 m,... read more

    Food and feeding

    No details; presumably similar to P. olivaceus.


    Season apparently Jan to about Jun. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian Inter-Andean Valleys EBA. No data on numbers; uncommon.

    Recommended citation

    Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Greyish Piculet (Picumnus granadensis). 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).