Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Scalloped Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes falcinellus)


French: Grimpar festonné German: Dunkelkappen-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos festoneado

Thripobrotus falcinellus

Cabanis and Heine

, 1860,

#R, Montevideo and Buenos Aires; error = probably São Paulo, Brazil


Sister-species to L. squamatus; formerly regarded as conspecific, but the two populations on opposite sides of R Paraíba do Sul, in N São Paulo, differ significantly in three plumage characters (crown pattern, and coloration of back and of tail) and measurements; the depression associated with this river represents a boundary for several other well-marked taxa. Monotypic.


S Brazil from NE São Paulo (S bank of R Paraíba do Sul) S to S Rio Grande do Sul, also adjacent SE Paraguay (Alto Paraná), NE Argentina (Misiones, NE Corrientes) and extreme NE Uruguay.

Descriptive notes

17–20 cm; 26–30 g. Medium-sized woodcreeper with relatively long, decurved bill. Adult has lores, face and bold supercilium creamy white, the last standing out... read more


Call a somewhat slurred rattle, described as “pit, eu-u-u”, “pee-u-u-u” or... read more


Occurs in humid Atlantic Forest from lowlands into mountains; also in drier Planalto Forest in W... read more

Food and feeding

In a nest in Misiones, Argentina, insects comprised at least 85% of the items brought to the nestlings, with a majority of caterpillars (... read more


In S of range (Rio Grande do Sul), birds in breeding condition from early Nov to early Dec, in non-breeding condition in early Mar, and... read more


Apparently resident throughout range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon at some sites, but generally fairly common to common in humid foothill forest in core of range; possibly less common in lowlands and at W... read more

Recommended citation

Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R., Patten, M.A. & de Juana, E. (2020). Scalloped Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes falcinellus). 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 26 January 2020).