Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Northern Long-tailed Woodcreeper (Deconychura longicauda)


French: Grimpar à longue queue German: Langschwanz-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos colilargo norteño

Dendrocincla longicauda


, 1868,

Borba, Marabitanas, Barra do Rio Negro = Manaus, Brazil


Usually considered conspecific with D. typica and D. pallida (see both). Monotypic.


The Guianas and N Brazil N of Amazon (from R Negro E to Amapá).

Descriptive notes

19–22 cm; 25 g (Suriname), mean 29 g (Manaus, C Amazonian Brazil). Medium-sized, slim woodcreeper with long wings and tail, relatively long neck, large “scruffy-... read more


Song, given at infrequent intervals throughout the day, a series of 6–8 clear, similar... read more


Humid forest. In Amazonia, generally in terra firme and floodplain forests, less... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly, if not exclusively, insectivorous. Often forages singly, occasionally in pairs, with mixed-species flocks of both understorey and... read more


Female with brood patch in mid Aug and dependent young seen in early Nov in French Guiana; a bird in N Brazil (Amapá) in late Jun was in... read more


Chiefly resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Probably uncommon throughout most of range, but shy nature and infrequent singing makes it inconspicuous and difficult to detect.... read more

Recommended citation

Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R., Patten, M.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Northern Long-tailed Woodcreeper (Deconychura longicauda). 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 12 December 2019).