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Pacific Tuftedcheek - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Dave B Smith
Valle del Cauca, Colombia, July 27, 2019
Pseudocolaptes johnsoni


  • Upperside rufous
  • Rear underside rufous
  • Breast dark with large buffy spots, becoming narrow streaks on rear underside.
  • Crown and much of head grey-brown with pale streaks
  • Tufts on the side of the neck constitute a conspicuous buffy area below the auriculars (the "tuftedcheek")
  • Throat buffy
  • Bill dark, legs pinkish grey

Similar species

Streaked Tuftedcheek is found near this species in Ecuador; notice the pure white color of the tufts on the side of the neck in that species.


South America: Colombia and Ecuador on west side of the Andes


This is a monotypic species[1].

This species was formerly included in Buffy Tuftedcheek.


Wet mountain forests where it utilizes canopy down to middle hight. Likes the more open habitats including edges. Elevation from 700-2000 m asl but more common in the middle 2/3 of that range.


Food presumably includes small animals such as insects and spiders. Food is captured by crawling along upper side of branches, and loves to investigate epiphytes and moss.


A rattling trill at high and increasing pitch, ending in a down-slurred buzz (or two). Usually with a long interval between sounds, rarely repeated.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.1)_red. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. del Hoyo, J., J. V. Remsen, Jr., G. M. Kirwan, N. Collar, and P. F. D. Boesman (2022). Pacific Tuftedcheek (Pseudocolaptes johnsoni), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman and N. D. Sly, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.buftuf3.01
  4. Hilty, S.L. 2021. Birds of Colombia. Lynx and Birdlife International Field Guides, Lynx Editions, Barcelona. ISBN 978-84-16728-24-4

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