- Picumnus dorbygnianus
10cm. A pale-looking Piculet.
- Black top of head with white feather tips, male with broad red feather tips on crown
- Buffish-whte lores and nasal tufts
- Buff-brown cheeks and ear-coverts streaked whitish, bordered above by short white stripe behind eye
- Buffy-white neck sides with darker streaking
- Pale grey-brown upperparts
- White underparts with darker feather edges giving scaly appearance, lower belly unmarked
Juveniles are duller and slightly darker than adults, diffusely barred above and below.
Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru.
Uncommon to locally common in its range.
Two subspecies recognized:
- P. d. jelskii in the Andes of eastern Peru
- P. d. dorbygnianus in central Bolivia and extreme northwest Argentina
Forms a superspecies with White-barred Piculet and Ochre-collared Piculet.
Moist montanes with many epiphytes, tall bushes in transitional forest in Argentina.
Occurs between 900m - 2500m, 1100m - 2200m in Peru.
No information about diet.
Usually seen in pairs or singly. Often in mixed-species flocks.
Often hangs upside-down on twigs and branches like a nuthatch.
No definite information about breeding. Breeds probably before December.
A resident species with some possible vertical movements.
- Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 2002. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 7: Jacamars to Woodpeckers. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334375
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