Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Long-billed Woodcreeper (Nasica longirostris)


French: Grimpar nasican German: Langschnabel-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos piquilargo

Dendrocopus longirostris


, 1818,

Boca do Igarapé Piaba, near Óbidos, Pará, Brazil


Birds from localities S of R Amazon, with paler upperparts and more tawny underparts, sometimes separated as race australis, but these differences appear attributable to individual variation; birds of S bank, however, have significantly longer bills than those of N bank, suggesting that recognition of two races might be warranted; further study needed. Monotypic.


Amazonia and R Orinoco from E Colombia and S Venezuela S to C Ecuador, NC & E Peru, Amazonian Brazil (E to C Roraima, Amapá and Maranhão, S to N Mato Grosso and S Tocantins) and N Bolivia; apparently absent from Guianan Shield with exception of C & E French Guiana.

Descriptive notes

35–36 cm; 78–92 g. Large, highly distinctive woodcreeper with small head and long neck, large but slim body, long tail, and exceptionally long bill only slightly... read more


Song, given at infrequent intervals through day, a series of generally 3–5 long whistles,... read more


Primarily flooded forest, swamp-forest and river-edge forest, but regularly frequents adjacent ... read more

Food and feeding

Diet poorly known; probably mostly arthropods but also known to take small reptiles and amphibians. Stomach contents have included large... read more


Nestlings in Feb in E Ecuador; juveniles in Jan and May in upper Orinoco region and in Feb in S Amazonia. One nest was located in cavity 4... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon to fairly common throughout its extensive range; apparently rare on river islands and at fringes of range in French Guiana and N... read more

Recommended citation

Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R. & Patten, M.A. (2020). Long-billed Woodcreeper (Nasica longirostris). 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 28 January 2020).