Figure 1. The Olivaceous Woodcreeper on the photo is about to take off (see figure 2). Its head is turned around and a little out of focus, but the plumage coloration of back, wings and tail feathers can clearly be seen (see also figure 3).
Habitat and abundance: In Mãe-da-lua reserve and many other locations of NE Brazil, the Olivaceous Woodcreeper Sittasomus griseicapillus reiseri is a common bird. It can often be found in secondary arboreal Caatinga.
Taxonomy: Mainly based on vocalizations and external appearance, it has repeatedly been suggested that reiseri is a full species (Marantz et al. 2003, Minns et al. 2010, see also Ridgely and Tudor 2009).
Vocalizations: See Songs and calls.To top of page
According to Ridgely and Tudor 2009, p. 316, and Marantz et al. 2003, p. 406, the wings of the Olivaceous Woodcreeper in NE Brazil (Sittasomus griseicapillus reiseri) are entirely rufous; however, at least the individual on the photo has some primary flight feathers with dark tips (which is in agreement with plate 31/9 of HBW 8). The small portion of the underside of the wings that can be seen in figure 2, is also dark.To top of page