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Olivaceous Piculet

(Picumnus olivaceus)

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Very small woodpecker with brownish green or olive back; lighter, yellow-olive chest, belly; dark tail with light stripes; male with orange streaks / spots on forehead, white spots / streaks around head; female lacks orange spots; 9 cm (3.5in). (Carpenterito Oliváceo, Pájaro Carpintero).


Low and some middle elevation wet forests, southern Pacific slope (and someparts of northern Caribbean slope); prefers open woodlands, forest edges, tree plantations, gardens.

Found in the following Parks:

Carara National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Olivaceous Piculet (Picumnus olivaceus), Costa Rica