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The tiny, agile Tawny Piculet is not even 4 inches long—more than an inch smaller than the familiar Downy Woodpecker. It’s a member of a distinctive subfamily of around 30 short-tailed woodpeckers found mainly in South America.

This piculet is only found in northeastern Brazil, where it shares habitat with the Araripe Manakin and White-browed Antpitta. Like many other species with small ranges, it’s threatened by habitat loss. The bird is considered scarce and is classified as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Picumnus fulvescens
POPULATION: Unknown
TREND: Probably declining based on habitat loss
HABITAT: Deciduous and secondary forests in northeast Brazil

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