Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper (Drymornis bridgesii)


French: Grimpar porte-sabre German: Degenschnabel-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos chinchero

Nasica bridgesii


, 1849,

interior of Bolivia; error = Mendoza, Argentina


Characters ascribed to proposed race meridionalis (La Pampa, in Argentina) appear to reflect largely individual variation. Monotypic.


SC South America in SE Bolivia, W Paraguay, Uruguay, extreme S Brazil (S Rio Grande do Sul), and Argentina (S to E Neuquén and N Río Negro, E to Corrientes and Entre Ríos, rarely NE & SW Buenos Aires).

Descriptive notes

29–35 cm; male 76–90 g, female 87–110 g. Large woodcreeper with heavy body, relatively short tail, long sickle-like bill. Bold white supercilium and mous... read more


Song a loud, rapid sequence of whistled notes, often descending and ending in jumble, described as... read more


Primarily Chaco woodland and scrub (especially stands of Trithrinax), espinilho... read more

Food and feeding

Diet chiefly arthropods, but some vegetable matter also taken. Apparently eats mostly spiders, but also centipedes (Chilopoda), millipedes... read more


Nest-building in late Sept/early Oct, eggs in early Oct to Dec, nestlings late Sep to mid-Nov; adult feeding fledged young in mid-Oct in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon to fairly common; possibly more abundant in S of range. Rare in E Bolivia, where found only recently; uncommon in Alto Chaco of NW... read more

Recommended citation

Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R. & Patten, M.A. (2020). Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper (Drymornis bridgesii). 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).