Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Woodcreeper (Xiphocolaptes albicollis)


French: Grimpar à gorge blanche German: Weißkehl-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos gorjiblanco

Dendrocopus albicollis


, 1818,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Thought to be closest to X. promeropirhynchus. Race villanovae sometimes considered separate species or, alternatively, treated by some authors as race of X. falcirostris; conversely, race franciscanus of latter sometimes placed with present species. Dual original spellings of taxon villanovae, but simultaneously issued erratum confirms current spelling over “villadenovae#R. Specimens from S part of range of nominate, with more olive (less tawny) plumage and less rufous on rump, sometimes recognized as race argentinus. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • X. a. villanovae Lima, 1920 – known only from vicinity of type locality in NE Brazil (NE Bahia).
  • X. a. bahiae Cory, 1919 – E Brazil (E & C Bahia).
  • X. a. albicollis (Vieillot, 1818) – SE & S Brazil (S Bahia, S Goiás and Minas Gerais S to S Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones, NE Corrientes).
  • Descriptive notes

    27·5–33 cm, 110–130 g. Large, relatively heavy-bodied woodcreeper with rather short tail, long decurved bill. Nominate race has whitish to pale buff... read more


    Sings primarily at dawn and dusk, sometimes adjacent to roost site; one of last birds to sing in... read more


    Humid Atlantic Forest, and semi-deciduous and gallery forests amid cerrado and Chaco.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly arthropods, but takes snails, bird eggs, and occasionally small vertebrates. Stomach contents have included cockroaches (Blattodea... read more


    Birds with fully active gonads in Oct–Nov in Brazil and E Paraguay, and active nests in Sept–Nov in NE Argentina. Nest in... read more


    Apparently resident throughout range; recent studies recorded its presence throughout year even at... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common over much of its range, and common at some sites in S Brazil; rare at fringe of range in S Paraguay (... read more

    Recommended citation

    Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R. & Patten, M.A. (2020). White-throated Woodcreeper (Xiphocolaptes albicollis). 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 January 2020).