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Little Woodpecker

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Photo © by bievreJJFazenda Bacury, Sao Paulo, Brazil, September 2017
Photo © by bievreJJ
Fazenda Bacury, Sao Paulo, Brazil, September 2017
Veniliornis passerinus


[edit] Identification

Female, Subspecies agilisPhoto © by Stanley JonesTarapoto, San Martín, Peru, December 2016
Female, Subspecies agilis
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Tarapoto, San Martín, Peru, December 2016

This bird is one of the smallest woodpeckers at 14–15 cm (5½-6 in).

  • Greyish forehead
  • Red crown to nape
  • Brownish-olive head

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, The Guianas, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and northeast Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 9 subspecies[1]:

  • 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

[edit] Habitat

Tropical rainforest at ca. 694 m. They appear to show a preference for forest edges and clearings and second growth.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their insectivorous diet consists of ants, termites, beetles and larvae etc. They forage alone, in pairs and groups.

[edit] References

  1. 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
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)
  3. BF Member observations

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