Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Planalto Woodcreeper (Dendrocolaptes platyrostris)


French: Grimpar des plateaux German: Planaltobaumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos oscuro

Dendrocolaptes platyrostris


, 1824,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


See D. hoffmannsi and D. picumnus (above); sometimes considered conspecific with latter on grounds of morphological similarity, and work needed to justify continued separation of all three species. Race intermedius exhibits some “striking” vocal differences from nominate#R, but plumage characters of the two intergrade in SE Brazil (E São Paulo, S Goiás, Minas Gerais) and S Paraguay; treatment as two full species not supported in later study of plumage and genetic variation#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. p. intermedius Berlepsch, 1883 – NE, C & SC Brazil, from SE Pará (Marabá), Maranhão, Ceará and W Pernambuco S to S Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais and Bahia; also adjacent E Paraguay (rarely farther W).
  • D. p. platyrostris Spix, 1824 – E & SE Brazil (S Bahia and E Minas Gerais S to Rio Grande do Sul), also adjacent SE Paraguay, NE Argentina (Misiones, N & E Corrientes, E Formosa, E Chaco) and extreme NE Uruguay#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    25–27 cm; male 55–66·5 g, female 58–69 g, unsexed 43–55·5 g. Relatively large, slim wood­creeper with long tail, nearly straight... read more


    Song, given mostly at dawn and dusk, a series 3–8 seconds long of relatively shrill “... read more


    Primarily humid lowland and montane forests along Atlantic coast; race intermedius largely... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mostly arthropods, but small vertebrates and occasionally vegetable matter also taken. Stomach contents included spiders, a variety of... read more


    In N Argentina nests with eggs in Oct–Jan, in natural cavities (3) and nest boxes (14); clutch 3–4 eggs; eggs opaque white, 31... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common in remaining habitat in core of Brazilian range and in Alto Paraná of SE Paraguay; scarce to rare at... read more

    Recommended citation

    Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R. & Patten, M.A. (2020). Planalto Woodcreeper (Dendrocolaptes platyrostris). 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 28 January 2020).