Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

White-striped Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes leucogaster)


French: Grimpar givré German: Weißstreifen-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos escarchado

Xiphorhynchus leucogaster


, 1827,

Temascaltepec, México, Mexico


See L. lacrymiger. Suggested sister-species relationship with L. angustirostris seems unlikely on basis of biogeography. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. l. umbrosus R. T. Moore, 1934 – NW Mexico from E & SE Sonora and SW Chihuahua S to Durango, Nayarit and N Jalisco.
  • L. l. leucogaster (Swainson, 1827) – W & S Mexico on Pacific slope and interior (from Jalisco and W Zacatecas S to S Oaxaca) and on Atlantic slope (from WC Veracruz S to SE Oaxaca).
  • Descriptive notes

    21·5–23·5 cm; 30–40 g. Slim, medium-sized woodcreeper with long, slender bill and noticeably decurved. Adult has largely pale face and often streaked or smudged... read more


    Song a sputtering trill 2–3 seconds long of 20–35 high-pitched notes, begins relatively... read more


    Largely montane, occurring primarily in humid forest and semi-arid oak (Quercus), pine-oak... read more

    Food and feeding

    Largely insectivorous; parts of small beetles found in the few stomachs examined. Usually encountered singly or in pairs, and often with... read more


    Poorly known. Breeding pair in late May in SW Chihuahua, with other breeding records mid-Feb to mid-Apr; juvenile in late May in Sinaloa. A... read more


    Probably resident in most of range; may descend to lower elevations during winter (Oct–Feb),... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common in middle elevations over most of range on Pacific slope and adjacent parts of interior in W & C Mexico; rare to uncommon... read more

    Recommended citation

    Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R. & Patten, M.A. (2019). White-striped Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes leucogaster). 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 13 December 2019).