Little Woodpecker Veniliornis passerinus

Brazilian name:
Picapauzinho-anão
Female Little Woodpecker, Serra de Baturité, Ceará, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image Serra de Baturité, Ceará, Brazil
October 2008

Little Woodpecker is distributed in the Amazon and Orinoco Basins and southwards as far as northern Argentina though it is missing from south Brazil and along part of the eastern coast of Brazil. 

Female Little Woodpecker, Serra de Baturité, Ceará, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image It is found in a wide variety of wooded and forested habitats including secondary growth and caatinga.

The male has a red cap with black spotting on the forehead. Upperparts are olive with faint barring while underparts are barred whitish and dark grey. The female, shown here, lacks the red cap.

There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase.
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