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Black-banded woodcreeper (Dendrocolaptes picumnus)

July 22, 2020

The Red-breasted nuthatch, tanager or striped nuthatch, banded-bellied nuthatch, whose scientific name is Dendrocolaptes picumnus.

It is a bird of the family furnariidae, native to tropical America, distributed from southern Mexico to northwestern Argentina and southern Paraguay.

Although it is abundant in the Guiana Shield area: Venezuela, Suriname, Guyanas and the Amazon River basin: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, it can be found in savannahs and islets.


Red creeper characteristics

It is like a woodpecker, with a size between 24 to 30 cm long.

Its beak is straight and strong, with blackish tones, the plumage is brown, striped with beige tones. On the chest the color is yellowish, reddish or beige, with ochre stripes.

The belly is striped. The back is reddish brown. The rump, wings and head are brown. It lives in forests and savannahs.

Red-breasted nuthatch - Dendrocolaptes picumnus.
Red-breasted nuthatch – Trepatroncos rayado – . Dendrocolaptes picumnus .
Hector Bottai / CC BY-SA

Feeding, behavior and reproduction

It feeds on insects that hide in the crevices of tree trunks, making its nest in the holes they get in the trunks where they lay their eggs.

Nuthatches - Red-breasted Nuthatch - Dendrocolaptes picumnus
Trepatroncos – Red-breasted Nuthatch – Dendrocolaptes picumnus
Fernando Flores / CC BY SA

The breeding season is approximately between November and January, the parents take care of their young until their feathers are strong.

It is a little-studied species, although it has been monitored, there is no concern about the danger of extinction.


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