Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Near Threatened

Tawny Piculet (Picumnus fulvescens)


French: Picumne fauve German: Fahlzwergspecht Spanish: Carpinterito canela

Picumnus fulvescens


, 1961,

Garanhuns, south-eastern Pernambuco, Brazil


Probably related to P. limae, and sometimes even regarded as conspecific, but may perhaps be closer to P. nebulosus. Form saturatus, described from Paraíba and previously listed as race of P. limae, now considered a junior synonym of fulvescens (which has priority by merely one day). Monotypic.


NE Brazil from E Piauí through S Ceará to S Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Pernambuco and Alagoas#R#R.

Descriptive notes

10 cm. Male has top of head black, crown feathers broadly tipped red and forming almost solid patch, rest spotted white; white or buffish-white lores, nasal tufts and upper... read more


Call a descending series of “driée driée driée...”.


Inhabits deciduous, semi-deciduous and secondary stands in the Atlantic forest; also found in... read more

Food and feeding

No information.


Virtually no information. Female recorded visiting nest in Aug, and male carrying food to nest in May.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Presently classified as Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in North-east Brazilian Caatinga EBA and Atlantic slope of Alagoas... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H., Christie, D.A., Bonan, A. & de Juana, E. (2019). Tawny Piculet (Picumnus fulvescens). 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 9 December 2019).