Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Near Threatened

Zimmer's Woodcreeper (Dendroplex kienerii)


French: Grimpar de Zimmer German: Várzeabaumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos de Zimmer

Dendrornis Kienerii

Des Murs

, 1856,

Ega = Tefé, Rio Solimões, Amazonas, Brazil


Sister-species of D. picus. Treatment as a full species distinct from D. picus supported by vocal, morphological, ecological and molecular data. Original description in issue dated 1855, but not published till 1856#R. Name necopinus is a junior synonym#R. Monotypic.


Along R Amazon from extreme SE Colombia and NE Peru E in Brazil to near mouth of R Tapajós, also variable distance up that and other major tributaries (Solimões, Negro, Branco, Juruá, Purus, Madeira) S to Rondônia; possibly also along R Napo to NE Ecuador.

Descriptive notes

21–24 cm; 40–50 g. Medium-sized woodcreeper with slim body, relatively long tail, short bill with slightly decurved culmen tapering to sharp tip. Adult has narrow... read more


Song, given intermittently throughout day, a rapid series of high-frequency notes described as... read more


Appears to occur exclusively in seasonally flooded forests (both várzea and ... read more

Food and feeding

Dietary details not known; presumably mainly arthropods. Usually found singly, often among mixed-species flocks of other island-inhabiting... read more


Virtually unknown. Young birds found in early Apr and an adult moulting in mid-Nov.


Likely to be resident throughout range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Virtually unknown until very recently, but apparently fairly common to common, at least in C portion of range. Numbers possibly lower in upper... read more

Recommended citation

Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R. & Patten, M.A. (2019). Zimmer's Woodcreeper (Dendroplex kienerii). 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 17 June 2019).