- Veniliornis passerinus
Female, Subspecies agilis
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Tarapoto, San MartÃn, Peru
, December 2016
This bird is one of the smallest woodpeckers at 14â€“15 cm (5Â½-6 in).
- Greyish forehead
- Red crown to nape
- Brownish-olive head
South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, The Guianas, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and northeast Argentina.
There are 9 subspecies:
- V. p. fidelis: East Colombia to western Venezuela
- V. p. modestus: North East Venezuela
- V. p. passerinus: The Guianas and north-eastern Brazil
- V. p. diversus: North Brazil
- V. p. agilis: East Ecuador to northern Bolivia and western Brazil
- V. p. olivinus: South Brazil to Paraguay, Bolivia and northern Argentina
- V. p. taenionotus: East Brazil
- V. p. tapajozensis: Central Brazil
- V. p. insignis: West-central Brazil
Tropical rainforest at ca. 694 m. They appear to show a preference for forest edges and clearings and second growth.
Their insectivorous diet consists of ants, termites, beetles and larvae etc. They forage alone, in pairs and groups.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)
- BF Member observations
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