Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Line-crowned Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus beauperthuysii)


French: Grimpar de Beauperthuy German: Dunkelscheitel-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos ocelado septentrional

N[asica]. Beauperthuysii

Pucheran and Lafresnaye

, 1850,

Pebas, north bank of Amazon, Loreto, Peru#R


Until recently considered conspecific with X. ocellatus from S of R Amazon, but recent study#R found deep level of genetic divergence; moreover, on basis of cited evidence#R, there is a marked difference in voice between birds N and S of Amazon. Name beauperthuysii replaces previously used weddellii, as latter is junior, has very vague type locality, and may even refer instead to X. ocellatus#R. Range of lineatocapilla uncertain; known only from type, reported to be from Ciudad Bolívar (C Venezuela), but that appears erroneous. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • X. b. lineatocapilla (Berlepsch & Leverkühn, 1890) – uncertain, but believed to be from somewhere along R Orinoco, in S Venezuela.
  • X. b. beauperthuysii (Pucheran & Lafresnaye, 1850) – NW Amazonia N of Amazon, in E & SE Colombia, extreme S Venezuela (SW Amazonas), E Ecuador, NE Peru and NW Brazil (E to R Negro).
  • Descriptive notes

    20–23 cm; 35 g. Slim, medium-sized woodcreeper with relatively long, slim bill sharp-tipped and nearly straight. Overall morphology extremely similar to that of the... read more


    Song, usually given only intermittently (often only few songs in a bout), primarily at dawn and... read more


    Chiefly the understorey and midstorey of evergreen forest. At most sites occurs in tall terra... read more

    Food and feeding

    Very few data, but no known differences in diet or foraging ecology from X. ocellatus.


    Specimens in breeding condition in mid May in E Colombia. No other information published on nest, eggs or any other aspect of breeding... read more


    Presumably resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Status poorly known; appears to be fairly common to common, but inconspicuous and local, throughout most of range. Believed to be... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Line-crowned Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus beauperthuysii). 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 January 2020).