French: Pic passerin German: Sperlingsspecht Spanish: Carpintero chico
Dominica; error = Cayenne
Subspecies and Distribution
V. p. modestus
J. T. Zimmer, 1942 – C & NE Venezuela.
V. p. fidelis
(Hargitt, 1889) – W Venezuela (Trujillo S to E Táchira, and S Apure to extreme NW Amazonas) to E Colombia (S to Meta and Vaupés).
V. p. passerinus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – Northern Little Woodpecker – the Guianas and NE Brazil (Amapá, E Pará).
V. p. diversus
J. T. Zimmer, 1942 – N Brazil N of R Amazon (Roraima, NE Amazonas).
V. p. agilis
(Cabanis & Heine, 1863) – extreme S Colombia (Putumayo, S Amazonas), E Ecuador and E Peru to W Brazil and S to N Bolivia (Beni).
V. p. insignis
J. T. Zimmer, 1942 – WC Brazil (S bank of R Amazon to E bank of R Madeira).
V. p. tapajozensis
Gyldenstolpe, 1941 – EC Brazil on both sides of lower Amazon where joined by R Tapajós.
V. p. taenionotus
(Reichenbach, 1854) – E Brazil from Maranhão E to Pernambuco and Bahia.
V. p. olivinus
(Natterer & Malherbe, 1845) – Southern Little Woodpecker – SE Bolivia, S Brazil (Mato Grosso E to Bahia, S to Paraná), Paraguay and NW & NE Argentina (S to Santa Fe).
c. 14–15 cm; 24–37 g. Male has greyish forehead, red forecrown to hindneck with dark feather bases showing; rest of head dark brownish-olive, neck sides with... read more
High-pitched “ki, ki, ki, ki” or “wi-wi-wi-wi-wi-wi-wi”, apparently as long... read more
Rather versatile, generally preferring edges and clearings, and second growth. Occurs at edges of... read more
Food and feeding
Ants, termites (Isoptera), beetles and their larvae, and various other insects. Found singly, in pairs or in small groups; joins mixed-... read more
Sept–Dec in French Guiana and Oct–Mar in Argentina; copulation observed in Feb in Colombia. Displays include wing-spreading,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common in Ecuador; fairly common in Peru. Appears generally to be not uncommon. Occurs in Serra do Cipó and... read more
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