Golden-spangled Piculet Picumnus exilis

Brazilian name:
pica-pau-anão-de-pintas-amarelas
Male Golden-spangled Piculet, Porto Seguro, Bahia, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image Brazil

The Golden-spangled Piculet is distributed along the coast of east Brazil from Pernambuco to Espírito Santo with a disjunct population from Venezuela to beyond the mouth of the Amazon.

It is found in a variety of habitats from rainforest to open woodland.

Its main distinguishing features are on the underparts which are yellow with black bars. These become more broken and spot-like on the belly in some sub-species. The back is olive and the wing-coverts are pale tipped in some races giving a spotted appearance.

Male Golden-spangled Piculet, Porto Seguro, Bahia, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image The male, seen here in photos 1 to 3, has broad red tips to the feathers on the forecrown which are lacking in the female (photo 4).

Photos 3 and 4 show the sub-species P. e. pernambucensis which has more olive upperparts and more evenly barred underparts than the nominate sub-species seen in photos 1 and 2.
Male Golden-spangled Piculet, Tamandaré, Pernambuco, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image There are recordings onxeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase.
Female Golden-spangled Piculet, Murici, Alagoas, Brazil, March 2004 - click for larger image
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