Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Plain-winged Woodcreeper (Dendrocincla turdina)


French: Grimpar grive German: Einfarb-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos turdino

Dendrocolaptes turdinus

M. H. C. Lichtenstein

, 1820,

no locality = Bahia, Brazil


Was often regarded as conspecific with D. fuliginosa, but genetic data#R indicate that it is better treated as a separate species; race atrirostris of latter considered by some authors to be better placed with present species on basis of vocalizations and presence of crown streaking, and race taunayi likewise may be closer to D. turdina than to D. fuliginosa#R. Birds from S of range named as race enalincia, but based on characters which are obscured by marked individual variation in both size and plumage coloration throughout species’ range. Monotypic.


E & SE Brazil (from E Bahia S along coast to N Rio Grande do Sul, extending inland to SE Mato Grosso do Sul, W Paraná and W Santa Catarina), E & C Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones and NE Corrientes).

Descriptive notes

19–21 cm; 31–45 g (Brazil), female 29 g (Paraguay). Medium-sized woodcreeper with short, straight bill. Plumage uniformly olive-brown, apart from faint buff shaft... read more


Apparent song a monotonous series lasting 1 minute or more, comprising “tik”, “... read more


Primarily lowland humid forest, less frequently cloudforest of lower montane zones; also, follows... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insectivorous. Coleoptera, Hemiptera, and many unidentified items found in one stomach from Brazil (Espírito Santo); small... read more


In Brazil, nest with eggs in mid-Nov in São Paulo (where birds with limited moult and worn flight-feathers in Jul), singing in Nov... read more


Resident throughout most of range, including W edge, but the few records from Rio Grande do Sul all... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Despite obvious declines following disappearance of vast expanses of its Atlantic Forest habitat, remains fairly common to common in extensive tracts... read more

Recommended citation

Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R. & Patten, M.A. (2020). Plain-winged Woodcreeper (Dendrocincla turdina). 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 25 February 2020).