Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Ochre-collared Piculet (Picumnus temminckii)


French: Picumne de Temminck German: Temminckzwergspecht Spanish: Carpinterito cuellicanela

Picumnus Temminckii


, 1845,



Recent molecular phylogeny indicated sister relationship between present species and P. cirratus#R. Closely related also to P. dorbignyanus, and sometimes treated as conspecific with P. cirratus or, alternatively, with both. Hybridizes frequently with nominate cirratus, producing many intermediate individuals; occasionally interbreeds with race guttifer of P. albosquamatus. Monotypic.


E Paraguay, NE Argentina (Misiones) and SE Brazil (São Paulo S to Rio Grande do Sul).

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 10–12·5 g. Male has top of head black, feathers of forecrown tipped red, hindcrown and nape finely spotted white; buff-white lower forehead, lores... read more


High-pitched whistle, “tsirrrr, si-si-si...”; drums loudly in short bursts of strokes,... read more


Inhabits tall scrub and tacuarales of humid forest, and forest edge.

Food and feeding

Very little known. Diet includes ants (Myrmelachista) and insect larvae. Forages at low levels, usually on slender stalks, also on... read more


Little information. Male attending nest, in hole at c. 2.5 m above the ground, recorded in Sao Paulo state in Oct. Also recorded... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No data available on numbers; fairly common, at least locally, e.g. at Urugua-i Provincial Park in Misiones (N Argentina). Occurs in... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H., Christie, D.A. & Bonan, A. (2019). Ochre-collared Piculet (Picumnus temminckii). 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 June 2019).