The miniscule woodpecker called by the Dusuns tik badan (a name which identifies the species, the rufous piculet
, as specifically as the sound it makes, since the bird is usually easy enough to see when calling) is "consulted" mainly in advance of a cockfight or dispute, but not for farming.
To imagine a piculet
rat-a-tat-tatting at the algarrobo's soft bark, opening the resinous wound that caught this very feather, brings our story full circle.
The geographic distribution of one species, Chestnut-headed Nunlet (Nonnula amaurocephala), and five subspecies, Greywinged Trumpeter (Psophia crepitans ochroptera), Ivory-billed Aracari (Pteroglossus azara azara), Lafresnayes's Piculet
(Picumnus lafresnayi pusillus), Ruddy Spinetail (Synallaxis rutilans confinis), and Black-faced Antbird (Myrmoborus myotherinus ardesiacus) are restricted to the west of the lower Rio Negro and north of the Rio Solimoes.
tucanus Woodpeckers Picidae Bar-breasted Piculet
Picumnus aurifrons Lafresnaye's Piculet
For example, the unique tail pattern of the Olivaceous Piculet
(Picumnus olivaceus) is not illustrated or described, and the tuft on the Tufted Flycatcher (Mitrephanes phaeocercus) is very weak and the illustration does not look much like the species.