Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)


Varzea Piculet (Picumnus varzeae)


French: Picumne des varzéas German: Varzeazwergspecht Spanish: Carpinterito de las várzeas

Picumnus varzeae

E. Snethlage

, 1912,

Fazenda Paraiso, near Faro, Pará, Brazil


Hybridizes occasionally with P. cirratus. Monotypic.


Amazonian Brazil between lower R Madeira in E Amazonas and Óbidos in extreme NW Pará, including the river islands.

Descriptive notes

8–9 cm. Male has black forehead and crown, all but lowermost forehead with broad red feather tips forming solid patch; hindcrown and nape black, spotted white; white... read more


Not documented.


Lowland várzea with dense undergrowth.

Food and feeding

No information.


Season possibly Jun–Dec. Juveniles observed in Sep. No other information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Amazon Flooded Forests EBA. Little-known species. No information available on numbers or on relative densities. Small range... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H., Christie, D.A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Varzea Piculet (Picumnus varzeae). 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 12 December 2019).