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Subspecies aequatorialis
Photo by Leif G
San Isidro, Ecuador, October 2009
Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger


19–19·5 cm (7½-7¾ in)
Crown in this species should be spotted (not streaked) and the streaks on the underside should be "crisper" than in Streak-headed Woodcreeper.

  • A thread discussing Id of this species is found here


Subspecies warscewiczi
Photo by Stanley Jones
Yambrasbamba, Amazonas, Peru, January 2017

South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.


Subspecies sanctaemartae
Photo © by NJ Larsen
El Dorado Lodge, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, 24 August 2023

This species was previously thought to be part of Spot-crowned Woodcreeper.


There are 9 subspecies[1]:

  • L. l. sanctaemartae:
  • Santa Marta Mountains of northern Colombia
  • L. l. lacrymiger:
  • East Andes of Colombia and Sierra de Perijá of adjacent western Venezuela
  • L. l. lafresnayi:
  • Coastal cordillera of northern Venezuela
  • L. l. sneiderni:
  • Andes of Colombia
  • L. l. frigidus:
  • East slope of Andes of southern Colombia (Nariño)
  • L. l. aequatorialis:
  • Pacific slope of Andes of south-western Colombia (Nariño) and Ecuador
  • L. l. warscewiczi:
  • East slope of Andes of south-eastern Ecuador and Peru (Cajamarca to Junín)
  • L. l. carabayae:
  • East slope of Andes of south-eastern Peru (Cuzco and Puno)
  • L. l. bolivianus:
  • East slope of Andes of Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba, western Santa Cruz)


They live in a variety of forest types, mostly above 1500 m.



They forage alone or in pairs in mixed species groups for arthropods, but there is little more information available about the actual items taken.


  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. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2017)

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