Picumnus minutissimus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Picumnus minutissimus
Species Authority: (Pallas, 1782)
Common Name(s):
English Arrowhead Piculet, Arrowhead Piculet

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Taylor, J. & Butchart, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J., Khwaja, N., Symes, A.

Based on a model of future deforestation in the Amazon basin, it is suspected that the population of this species will decline by 25-30% over the next three generations, and it has therefore been uplisted to Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Picumnus minutissimus occurs on the north South American coast (del Hoyo et al. 2002). It is scarce in Guyana; indeed some consider that there have not been any conclusive records from this country. From there, its range extends east through Suriname, where it is common throughout (del Hoyo et al. 2002, Restall et al. 2006). In French Guiana it was once considered abundant, but its actual status is unclear and this is thought to have been a mistake (Restall et al. 2006).
French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname
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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'fairly common' (Stotz et al. (1996).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs across a wide range of habitats, including montane forests, mangroves and riparian vegetation, as well as secondary habitats (del Hoyo et al. 2002).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The primary threat to this species is accelerating deforestation as land is cleared for cattle ranching and soy production, facilitated by expansion of the road network (Soares-Filho et al. 2006, Bird et al. 2011).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed

Expand the protected area network to effectively protect IBAs. Effectively resource and manage existing and new protected areas, utilising emerging opportunities to finance protected area management with the joint aims of reducing carbon emissions and maximizing biodiversity conservation. Conservation on private lands, through expanding market pressures for sound land management and preventing forest clearance on lands unsuitable for agriculture, is also essential (Soares-Filho et al. 2006).

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Picumnus minutissimus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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