Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Little Long-tailed Woodcreeper (Deconychura typica)


French: Grimpar de Cherrie German: Tüpfelbrust-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos colilargo pequeño

Deconychura typica


, 1891,

Pozo Azul de Pirrís, south-western Costa Rica


In past, sometimes considered a separate species from D. longicauda and D. pallida, and this arrangement restituted here, based on smaller size (male wing 91–99 mm, n=9, vs respectively 106–110, n=3, and 102–111, n=4; allow 2); spots vs streaks on breast (2); chestnut undertail-coverts (2); clearer buff-white chin and throat (1); song a long fast series of short piping notes, starting slowly and slowing at end, hence high number of notes (4) and very short note lengths (4)#R. Birds from NW Colombia (Córdoba) may be intergrades between darienensis and minor. Three subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. t. typica Cherrie, 1891 – NE Honduras (Olancho, Gracias a Dios)#R, NW & S Nicaragua (Río San Juan)#R#R and NC & SW Costa Rica E to C Panama (Chiriquí, Veraguas).
  • D. t. darienensis Griscom, 1929 – E Panama and adjacent NW Colombia (E to middle Magdalena Valley).
  • D. t. minor Todd, 1919 – NC Colombia (Santander).
  • Descriptive notes

    17–18·5 cm; 19·4–26·4 g (Costa Rica, Panama). Medium-sized, slim woodcreeper with long wings and tail, relatively long neck, large “scruffy-looking” head, slim straight bill... read more


    Song in Costa Rica a weakly chipping “chih, chih, chip, chip, chip, chih, chih, chih…” trill that... read more


    Humid forest. Generally interior of mature forest, sometimes at edge or in older second growth;... read more

    Food and feeding

    Probably mainly, if not exclusively, insectivorous, but diet and foraging behaviour not subject to detailed observations. Often forages... read more


    Nests with eggs in Apr in Costa Rica and early Mar in Panama; in addition, a male was collected in breeding condition in mid Apr and a... read more


    Chiefly resident. Reported as accidental visitor at La Selva Biological Station, in Costa Rica,... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally uncommon and rather local in Central America. Shy nature and infrequent singing makes it inconspicuous and difficult to... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Little Long-tailed Woodcreeper (Deconychura typica). 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 February 2020).