Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Northern Spot-crowned Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes affinis)


French: Grimpar moucheté German: Perlkappen-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos coronipunteado norteño

Dendrocolaptes affinis


, 1839,



See L. lacrymiger. Hitherto treated as conspecific with L. neglectus (which see). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. a. lignicida (Bangs & T. E. Penard, 1919) – NE Mexico (C & S Nuevo León#R, SW Tamaulipas, E San Luis Potosí).
  • L. a. affinis (Lafresnaye, 1839) – both Atlantic and Pacific slopes of Middle America from E & S Mexico (extreme SE San Luis Potosí, W Guerrero) S to N Nicaragua.
  • Descriptive notes

    19–22 cm; 28–35·5 g. Relatively small to mid-sized, slim woodcreeper with slender slightly decurved bill. Nominate race has sides of head and neck dusky... read more


    Song a single nasal note followed by rapid, high-frequency trill of c. 20 notes that lasts 2–... read more


    Humid and dry forests, primarily in highlands. Commonest in humid montane evergreen forest and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Poorly studied, but diet and foraging behaviour presumably very similar to those of L. neglectus.


    Breeds Mar–Jun throughout range; nests with eggs mid Apr to early Jun and with young late Apr to late Jun in Mexico, also nestlings... read more


    Largely resident; after breeding season, a few birds may descend into lowlands on Caribbean slope (... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common in humid forest throughout entire range, including El Salvador; uncommon to rare at lower elevational limit.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R., Patten, M.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Northern Spot-crowned Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes affinis). 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 8 December 2019).