Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Lafresnaye’s Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus guttatoides)


French: Grimpar de Lafresnaye German: Hellkehl-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos de Lafresnaye

Nasica guttatoides


, 1850,



Until recently considered conspecific with X. guttatus and previously also with X. susurrans (see both species). New molecular review#R proposes that these be treated as three full species, which also present subtle differences in morphology and vocalizations. The “eytoni group”, sometimes considered a separate species, is also distinct vocally; but molecular data suggest that this group and “guttatoides group” form a monophyletic clade, a hypothesis supported by fact that vicinalis is phenotypically and genetically intermediate between guttatoides and eytoni. Birds in N Bolivia, placed in dorbignyanus, show signs of intergradation with nominate. Birds of Ceará often treated as race gracilirostris, but appear inseparable from eytoni#R. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • X. g. guttatoides (Lafresnaye, 1850) – Lafresnaye's Woodcreeper – W Amazonia both N & S of Amazon, from SE Colombia (S from Meta and Guainía), S Venezuela (W & S Amazonas) and E Ecuador S to E & SE Peru, NW Brazil (E to R Negro and R Madeira, S to N Mato Grosso).
  • X. g. dorbignyanus (Pucheran & Lafresnaye, 1850) – C South America S of Amazon Basin, from N & E Bolivia (La Paz, Beni, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz) E to EC Brazil (E to C Goiás).
  • X. g. vicinalis Todd, 1948 – Amazonian Brazil S of Amazon, from R Madeira E to R Tapajós (where possibly on both banks); specimens from sites N of Amazon likely either mislabelled or misidentified.
  • X. g. eytoni (P. L. Sclater, 1854) – Dusky-billed Woodcreeper – SE Amazonian Brazil from R Tapajós E to W Maranhão; also Serra do Baturité, in Ceará (NE Brazil).
  • Descriptive notes

    22·5–29·5 cm; 45–69 g. Relatively large, heavy-bodied woodcreeper with long, heavy and noticeably decurved bill. Morphological differences from formerly conspecific X.... read more


    More vocal than most congeners, singing for extended periods at dawn and dusk (occasionally midday... read more


    Chiefly humid evergreen forest but habitat preferences vary geographically. Populations in both N... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet chiefly arthropods, occasionally small vertebrates. Stomach contents included various beetles, ants, grasshoppers (Acrididae), spiders... read more


    Birds in breeding condition in Feb in S Amazonia and in early Oct in N Bolivia; active nests in late Sept to early Nov in SE Peru; adults... read more


    Apparently resident throughout range.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common in lowland forests in most of range. At site in SE Peru, densities highest in mid-successional vegetation (27... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Lafresnaye’s Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus guttatoides). 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 5 December 2019).