Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Rusty-necked Piculet (Picumnus fuscus)


French: Picumne à nuque rousse German: Rostnacken-Zwergspecht Spanish: Carpinterito cuellirrufo

Picumnus fuscus


, 1870,

Rio Guaporé, Mato Grosso, Brazil


Although generally considered to be related to the group formed by P. cirratus, P. dorbignyanus and P. temminckii, or to P. rufiventris, may possibly be closer to P. aurifrons or P. exilis. Monotypic.


R Guaporé drainage in NE Bolivia (Beni) and WC Brazil (extreme W Mato Grosso).

Descriptive notes

10 cm. Distinctive piculet with unique head pattern. Male has top of head blackish, feathers of hindcrown broadly tipped reddish-orange; buffish lores, sides of lower... read more


Not documented.


Lowland riverine forest (várzea).

Food and feeding

Not documented.


No information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. No details on numbers; possibly not uncommon, but is restricted to a particular habitat type (várzea)... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Rusty-necked Piculet (Picumnus fuscus). 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 20 January 2020).