|Moustached Woodcreeper (Xiphocolaptes falcirostris)|
(aka Snethlage's Woodcreeper - Xiphocolaptes falcirostris franciscanus)
|Peruaçu, Minas Gerais, Brazil
The Moustached Woodcreeper is a Brazilian endemic and is classified by Birdlife International as Vulnerable.
This particular subspecies, X. f. franciscanus, used to be considered a seperate species and was known as Snethlage's Woodcreeper. It was only rediscovered in the 1980s.
|It is found only in the interior of north-east Brazil where it inhabits deciduous forest which increasingly is being cleared for agriculture or for charcoal burning.
It is a large woodcreeper at 29 cms (11½") with a heavy, slightly downcurved bill. It has a distinct yellow supercilium and a broad stripe under the eye. The throat is buffy.
It feeds on grubs, ants and beetles and often feeds on the ground.
|There is an illustration in Threatened Birds of the World, Page 345.|