|Ochre-collared Piculet (Picumnus temminckii)
The Ochre-collared Piculet has been treated by some authorities, notably Sick, as a subspecies of White-barred Piculet Picumnus cirratus but the Brazilian Ornithological Records Committee resolved in March 2001 to treat it as a seperate species.
|It is similar to the White-barred Piculet in having underparts barred black on white but it has a broad cinnamon-ochre half collar round the back of the neck. The head is black with red spots on the forehead of the male and white spots elsewhere. The female lacks the red spots.|
|This tiny (9 cm - 3½") woodpecker is found in Brazil from São Paulo to Rio Grande do Sul and in adjacent Paraguay and Argentina. In this respect it is a geographic replacement for the more widespread White-barred Piculet.|
Its scientific name comes from a Dutch ornithologist and collector, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, who worked in the first half of the 19th century.
|There are illustrations in HBW, Pages 349 (a great series of 3 photos by Edson Endrigo) and 427.|