|White-wedged Piculet Picumnus
Brazilian name: Pica-pau-anão-escamado
The White-wedged Piculet is distributed in
east, central and south-west Brazil and north-central and east
|The most significant feature
is the scaly appearance of the throat and breast. The male, as in
photo 1, has broad red tips to the feathers on its forecrown
which are lacking in the female, seen in photo 4.
I am always a bit concerned about identifying piculets given their propensity to hybridise and I am particularly concerned about my identification of photos 3 and 4.
|Here, although the breast has a scaly appearance, the belly shows strong markings but more like stripes than scales. These photos were taken in Camacã, southern Bahia which is on the edge if not beyond, the accepted distribution of White-wedged Piculet but is close to the distribution of White-barred Piculet. P. cirratus and I suspect that these might show a hybrid between these two species.|
|There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase.|
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