Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Southern Spot-crowned Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes neglectus)


French: Grimpar de Coliblanco German: Chiriquibaumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos coronipunteado sureño

Picolaptes affinis neglectus


, 1909,

Coliblanco, Costa Rica


See L. lacrymiger. Hitherto treated as conspecific with L. affinis, although possible split had been suggested on molecular grounds#R; differs in its fuller, buffier chin and throat (1); slightly broader, longer, brighter streaks below extending more obviously onto the belly (1); and entirely different song, a long overslurred nasal note, followed by a fast trill of some 20–30 notes, going slightly up and down in pitch, vs a long underslurred note followed by one or two shorter underslurred notes (score 4 for greater number of notes and 3 for much lower maximum frequency, 3·0–3·3 kHz vs 8·2–9·0 kHz)#R. Monotypic.

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Mountains of Costa Rica and W Panama (Chiriquí Highlands).

Descriptive notes

20–22 cm; 28–38 g. Relatively small to mid-sized, slim woodcreeper with slender slightly decurved bill; compared to formerly conspecific L. affinis,... read more


Song differs from that of L. affinis, it being a long overslurred nasal note, followed by... read more


Humid and dry forests, primarily in highlands. Most common in humid montane evergreen forest and... read more

Food and feeding

Chiefly insectivorous. Contents of one stomach 90% arthropods, with nearly 40% of total representing various beetles; in another study,... read more


Breeds Mar–Jun throughout range; pairs inspecting nest sites in late Mar in Costa Rica and Panama; nests with eggs mid Apr to early Jun and... read more


Largely resident; after breeding season, a few birds may descend into lowlands on Caribbean slope,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common in humid forest throughout entire range; uncommon to rare at lower elevational limit. Although this species... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Southern Spot-crowned Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes neglectus). 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 February 2020).