Olivaceous Piculet (Picumnus olivaceus)

The Olivaceous Piculet is the smallest bird species in the Woodpecker family. Its sound as it pecks on vines resembles that of the Telegraph, hence its common Spanish name, “Telegrafista”. Both male and female show very small white dots all over the crown, with the male also sporting bright orange feathers on the front of the head. The flanks of both sexes look faintly streaked in light brown and white, while the upperparts are dark brown. The center feathers that cover the tail’s upper side are white. Its range is restricted to two main zones, one in the northern part of Costa Rica up to San Juan river, and another in the southern region, from Quepos down to Ciudad Neily and Rio Jimenez.

This male hanged from a thin strand of a parasitic plant. Both male and female held acrobatic positions for a while and let us become very close without any sign of disturbance.
A pair of this diminute woodpecker species gave us a show just by the side of the road, in Boca Tapada. They perched in low branches, and let me get very close for this picture.

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