French: Picumne olivâtre German: Olivrücken-Zwergspecht Spanish: Carpinterito oliváceo
Subspecies and Distribution
P. o. dimotus
Bangs, 1903 – E Guatemala, N Honduras and E Nicaragua.
P. o. flavotinctus
Ridgway, 1889 – Costa Rica, Panama and extreme NW Colombia (N Chocó).
P. o. eisenmanni
Phelps, Jr & Aveledo, 1966 – Sierra de Perijá in extreme NW Venezuela, possibly also in adjacent N Colombia.
P. o. olivaceus
Lafresnaye, 1845 – W Colombia from N Sucre (Serranía de San Jacinto) S to upper R Sinú and S Bolívar, S in C Andes to lower Cauca Valley and in E Andes to Huila.
P. o. tachirensis
Phelps, Sr & Gilliard, 1941 – E slope of E Andes in NC Colombia (Norte de Santander) and adjacent SW Venezuela (SW Táchira).
P. o. harterti
Hellmayr, 1909 – SW Colombia (SW Nariño) and W Ecuador; recently recorded in NW Peru (Tumbes).
8·5–10 cm; 10–15 g. Male has black forehead to nape, feathers of upper forehead and crown tipped red, hindcrown and nape spotted white; whitish lores; brown... read more
Fine, rapid twitter or trill, soft and clear by partner arriving at hole, shrill and insect-like in... read more
Wide variety of habitats, including borders of humid rainforest and cloudforest (apparently... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily ants (e.g. Camponotus, Pseudomyrmex, Crematogaster) and termites, including larvae and pupae; also... read more
Dec–May in Costa Rica and Panama, and Feb–Sept in Colombia; often double-brooded. Nest excavated by both sexes at 0·9–9 m... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to uncommon in Guatemala to Honduras; uncommon to fairly common in Costa Rica; uncommon and rather local in Panama, but more widespread... read more
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