Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Scaled Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes squamatus)


French: Grimpar écaillé German: Fleckenbauch-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos escamado

Dendrocolaptes squamatus

M. H. C. Lichtenstein

, 1822,

State of São Paulo, Brazil


Sister-species to L. falcinellus (which see), and formerly regarded as conspecific. Genetic distance between nominate race and wagleri relatively small, and one specimen has a blending of characters, these together suggesting that one biological species is involved. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. s. wagleri (Spix, 1824) – NE Brazil W of R São Francisco (S Piauí, W Bahia, N Minas Gerais).
  • L. s. squamatus (M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1822) – E & SE Brazil S & E of R São Francisco, from C Bahia and Minas Gerais S to N bank of R Paraíba do Sul (N São Paulo).
  • Descriptive notes

    19 cm; 27 g (wagleri). Slim, medium-sized woodcreeper with slim, decur­ved bill. Nominate race has side of head dusky with whitish streaking, whitish supercilium... read more


    Song of nominate a slurred “peédeedir” or 1–2 “chip” notes followed by short series of loud,... read more


    Nominate race occurs primarily in humid and semi-humid Atlantic Forest; most common in montane... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet poorly known; presumably arthropods based on contents of two stomachs. Single birds, occasionally pairs, often encountered in mixed-... read more


    Birds in breeding condition taken in Oct in Rio de Janeiro. Noted as nesting in buildings, as well as in more natural situations. No... read more


    Apparently resident, but less conspicuous during breeding season.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common in humid forest at all elevations in S part of range, but scarce in lowlands to N; race wagleri more local... read more

    Recommended citation

    Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R. & Patten, M.A. (2020). Scaled Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes squamatus). 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 27 January 2020).