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Streak-headed Woodcreeper

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Photo © by mmdnjeCerro Blanco, Guayaquil, Ecuador, 27 March 2007
Photo © by mmdnje
Cerro Blanco, Guayaquil, Ecuador, 27 March 2007
Lepidocolaptes souleyetii


[edit] Identification

19 cm. Olive brown upperparts, fine streaking on the crown, nape and upper back, chestnut rump, wings and tail, and heavily streaked olive-brown underparts. The 2.5 cm long bill is slender and decurved. Young birds are duller with less distinct streaking.

[edit] Distribution

South America: found from southern Mexico to Guyana, northwestern Peru, northern Brazil, and on Trinidad.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Seven subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • L. s. guerrerensis:
  • W Mexico (Sierra Madre del Sur of Guerrero and sw Oaxaca)
  • L. s. compressus:
  • S Mexico (Veracruz and Chiapas) to w Panama
  • L. s. lineaticeps:
  • Cent. and e Panama to n Colombia and w Venezuela
  • L. s. littoralis:
  • Tropical nw Colombia to Guyana and adj. n Brazil; Trinidad
  • L. s. uaireni:
  • Extreme se Venezuela (along Rio Uairén in se Bolívar)
  • L. s. esmeraldae:
  • Tropical sw Colombia (Nariño) and w Ecuador (s to El Oro)
  • L. s. souleyetii:
  • Tropical sw Ecuador and nw Peru (south to Lambayeque)

[edit] Habitat

Damp light woodland, plantations, gardens, and clearings with trees.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists mostly of spiders and insects; it creeps up trunks and extracts its prey from the bark or mosses.

[edit] Breeding

The construct a leaf-lined nest in a tree cavity, or sometimes an old woodpecker hole, and lays 2 white eggs.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call: a sharp rolled djeer
Song: a whistled piiiiiiiiir piiiiiiiiir piiiiiiiiir.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from

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