Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Ochraceous Piculet (Picumnus limae)


French: Picumne ocré German: Ockerzwergspecht Spanish: Carpinterito de Ceará

Picumnus limae

E. Snethlage

, 1924,

Serra de Maranguape, Ceará, Brazil


Probably related to P. fulvescens, and sometimes regarded as conspecific. Form saturatus, described from Paraíba and previously listed as race of present species, now considered a junior synonym of P. fulvescens. Monotypic.


NC Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte#R, in NE Brazil.

Descriptive notes

10 cm. Male has top of head black, crown with broad red feather tips forming almost solid patch, rest spotted white; white lores and nasal tufts, white line behind eye, pale... read more


High-pitched “sirr-sirr-sirr”, recalling hummingbird (Trochilidae).


Semi-deciduous forest and adjacent tall caatinga on hillsides, at up to 1000 m; also... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not well documented. Pecks and hammers on small branches, to capture insect larvae.


Season Nov–Aug. Recorded mating in Jun, and feeding chicks or fledglings in Jan and Aug. Nests in holes of trees... read more


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Previously considered Vulnerable. Small range; until recently known from only three sites in NC Ceará (Serra do Ibiapaba... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (2020). Ochraceous Piculet (Picumnus limae). 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 29 February 2020).