- Streak-headed Woodcreeper
name = Streak-headed Woodcreeper
status = LC | status_system = IUCN3.1
phylum = Chordata
genus = "
species = "L. souleyetii"
binomial = "Lepidocolaptes souleyetii"
binomial_authority = (DesMurs, 1849)The Streak-headed Woodcreeper ("Lepidocolaptes souleyetii"), is a
passerine birdwhich breeds in the tropical New Worldfrom southern Mexicoto northwestern Peru, northern Braziland Guyana, and on Trinidad.
woodcreeperis found in lowlands up to 1500 m altitude, although normally below 900 m, in damp light woodland, plantations, gardens, and clearings with trees. It builds a leaf-lined nest 4.5 to 24 m up in a tree cavity, or sometimes an old woodpeckerhole, and lays two white eggs.
The Streak-headed Woodcreeper is typically 19 cm long, and weighs 28 g. It has olive brown upperparts with fine streaking on the crown, nape and upper back, a chestnut rump, wings and tail, and heavily streaked olive-brown underparts. The 2.5 cm long bill is slender and decurved. Young birds are duller with less distinct streaking.
The call is a sharp rolled "djeer" and the song is a whistled "piiiiiiiiir piiiiiiiiir piiiiiiiiir".
Streak-headed Woodcreeper is very similar to
Spot-crowned Woodcreeper, "Lepidocolaptes affinis", but is smaller, has a streaked, not spotted crown, and is found at lower altitudes.
Streak-headed Woodcreeper feeds on
spiders and insects, creeping up trunks and extracting its prey from the bark or mosses. It is normally seen alone or in a pair and unlike Spot-crowned, rarely joins mixed-species feeding flocks.
This species' scientific name commemorates
Louis François Auguste Souleyet, French zoologist and naval surgeon .
* Hilty, "Birds of Venezuela", ISBN 0-7136-6418-5
* Stiles and Skutch, "A guide to the birds of Costa Rica" ISBN 0-8014-9600-4
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