Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Hoffmanns's Woodcreeper (Dendrocolaptes hoffmannsi)


French: Grimpar de Hoffmanns German: Parábaumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos de Hoffmanns

Dendrocolaptes hoffmannsi


, 1909,

Calama, Rio Madeira, Rondônia, Brazil


Closely related to D. picumnus (sometimes treated as conspecific) and D. platyrostris, being similar to both in vocal and behavioural characters; genetic study#R found that the three form a monophyletic group, with little genetic differentiation among them; work needed to justify species rank for these taxa. In one earlier study, present species was allied with D. sanctithomae and D. certhia on basis of anatomical characters. Monotypic.


S Amazonian Brazil, S of Amazon, from R Madeira E to R Tapajós and its headwaters at R Juruena, S at least to Rondônia and SW Mato Grosso (S limit of range unclear). Alleged records farther E (to lower R Xingu) appear to refer to mislabelled specimens.

Descriptive notes

28–29 cm; male 78·5–86 g, female 74–89 g. Large but relatively slim woodcreeper with long tail, laterally compressed, straight bill of medium length... read more


Song, given chiefly at dawn, but probably also at dusk, from perch high in forest, a rolling series... read more


Humid forest, both terra firme and on floodplains. Generally in interior of primary forest... read more

Food and feeding

Diet undescribed; presumably mostly arthropods. Regular attendant at army-ant swarms, and probably associates at least at times with mixed-... read more


Based on birds recorded in breeding condition, season probably Sept–Nov during late dry season and early wet season; one nest found... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously considered not threatened. A rarely seen and little-known species. Uncommon to fairly common at some sites, but possibly local; occurs in a region that... read more

Recommended citation

Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R., Patten, M.A. & de Juana, E. (2020). Hoffmanns's Woodcreeper (Dendrocolaptes hoffmannsi). 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 25 January 2020).