French: Picumne squamulé German: Schuppenzwergspecht Spanish: Carpinterito escamoso
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. roehli
J. T. Zimmer & Phelps, Sr, 1944 – N Colombia (Santa Marta Mts S to about Boyacá) and N Venezuela (Zulia E to W Sucre and Monagas).
P. s. lovejoyi
Phelps, Jr & Aveledo, 1987 – extreme NW Venezuela (NW Zulia).
P. s. apurensis
Phelps, Jr & Aveledo, 1987 – NC Venezuela in Apure, Guárico and Anzoátegui (R Zuata and R Pariaguán).
P. s. obsoletus
J. A. Allen, 1892 – extreme NE Venezuela (E Sucre).
P. s. squamulatus
Lafresnaye, 1854 – NE & C Colombia (Arauca S to Huila and NE Meta).
8–9·2 cm; 7–12 g. Male has black forehead to nape, feathers of forecrown narrowly tipped red, those of rest of crown tipped white; whitish lores and thin... read more
Rather high-pitched squeaky “chi-chi-ch’e’e’chi”, becoming trill-like... read more
Inhabits gallery forest, forest edge, second growth, and deciduous woodland; also found in open... read more
Food and feeding
Small insects. Forages singly or in pairs, in dense scrub, tangled undergrowth and small trees. Investigates thin branches and twigs.
Birds in breeding condition in Jan and Oct in Colombia; nesting in Apr–Jun and Sept in Venezuela. Displays include wing-spreading and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. No data on population sizes. Possibly not uncommon, and may perhaps be overlooked owing to inconspicuous behaviour. Occurs in Henri Pittier and Cueva... read more
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