Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Speckled Piculet (Picumnus innominatus)


French: Picumne tacheté German: Tüpfelzwergspecht Spanish: Carpinterito moteado

Picumnus innominatus

E. Burton

, 1836,



Sometimes separated in genus Vivia, mainly on geographical grounds; despite enormous geographical separation, however, present species appears to be closely related to current congeners#R. Proposed races simlaensis (NW Himalayas) and avunculorum (SW India) now considered synonymous with, respectively, nominate race and malayorum. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. i. innominatus E. Burton, 1836 – NE Afghanistan, N Pakistan and Kashmir E through N India and Nepal to SE Tibet and Assam.
  • P. i. malayorum E. J. O. Hartert, 1912 – peninsular and NE India (except Assam) E to S China (S Yunnan and SW Guangxi)#R, S to Indochina, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and N Borneo.
  • P. i. chinensis (Hargitt, 1881) – C, E & SE China (S from Sichuan and S Jiangsu).
  • Descriptive notes

    9–10·5 cm; 9–13·2 g. Male has rufous-orange to yellow forehead barred or spotted black, yellowish-white lores; broad black stripe from eye backwards... read more


    High “ti-ti-ti-ti-ti” by male as advertising or territorial call; frequently a high-pitched squeaky... read more


    Deciduous and mixed deciduous forest, evergreen tropical montane forest, also open second growth,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet consists of insects and their larvae, especially ants, but also geometrid caterpillars, weevils (Curculionidae) and longhorn beetles (... read more


    Jan–May. Male displays by circling around mate and pursuing her around branch. Nest excavated by both sexes, at 1–5 m,... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common or fairly common throughout much of range; generally uncommon in peninsular India; uncommon in China. Has been considered local and very rare... read more

    Recommended citation

    Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Speckled Piculet (Picumnus innominatus). 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 22 January 2020).