Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Near Threatened

Mottled Piculet (Picumnus nebulosus)


French: Picumne strié German: Braunbrust-Zwergspecht Spanish: Carpinterito uruguayo

Picumnus nebulosus


, 1866,

southern Brazil


Possibly related to P. fulvescens and perhaps P. limae. Described form P. iheringi (from SE Brazil) is a synonym of present species. Monotypic.


SE Brazil (Paraná S to Rio Grande do Sul), marginally NE Argentina (Misiones, E Corrientes), and Uruguay (except W & SW).

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 11–12 g. Male has black forehead to nape, feathers of upper forehead and crown with broad red tips often forming patch, crown sides and nape tipped... read more


Humming “tsewrewt, si-si-si”; series of weak single squeaks by juvenile as contact with... read more


Inhabits forest, mostly lowland evergreen forest and mixed Araucaria forest with dense... read more

Food and feeding

Very little information. Recorded feeding on insect larvae. Hunts singly; joins mixed-species flocks. Forages at low levels on slender... read more


Season Oct–Dec. No other information.


Mainly resident; some altitudinal movements may occur.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Generally local and uncommon; more common in S part of Brazilian range; very few recent records from Argentina... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H., Christie, D.A. & Bonan, A. (2020). Mottled Piculet (Picumnus nebulosus). 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 17 January 2020).