Ruddy Woodcreeper

Beautiful Birds of Belize Blog – Post #11

By Jim Gain


  • Scientific Name: Dendrocincla homochroa
  • Name in Spanish (Mexico): Trepatroncos Canelo
  • Name in Mayan: Taka’k che’i
  • ABA 4-Letter Bird Code: RUWO*
  • Family: Furnariidae – Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers
  • Order: Passeriformes – Perching Birds
Ruddy Woodcreeper Image © Jim Gain

About this Bird

The Ruddy Woodcreeper (Dendrocincla homochroa) is a species of bird found in Belize and other parts of Central and South America. It is a medium-sized bird, about 18-20 cm long, with a ruddy-brown plumage and a long, slightly curved bill. Its distinctive call is a loud, descending whistle.

Ruddy Woodcreeper Image © Jim Gain

Ruddy Woodcreepers are typically found in forested areas, where they use their strong legs and sharp claws to climb trees in search of insects and other invertebrates. Being relatively quiet and secretive, they are frequently spotted alone or in pairs. They build their nests in tree cavities, and lay 2-3 eggs per clutch.

Ruddy Woodcreeper Image © Jim Gain

Although the Ruddy Woodcreeper is rather widespread throughout its range, little is known about its ecology and natural history. Unfortunately, habitat loss brought on by deforestation and other human activity puts it in danger, much like it does for many other tropical bird species. To preserve the long-term survival of this species and its ecosystem, conservation activities are required.

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