This woodcreeper is typically 20 cm (7.9 in) long and weighs 44 g (1.6 oz). It is almost entirely rufous, with a paler throat and grey line from the bill to the eye. The bill is longish and straight.
The call is a squeaky quink or loud deeah.
It builds a leaf-lined nest 0.6 to 5 m (2.0 to 16.4 ft) up in a hollow palm tree stump, and lays 2–3 white eggs. Adult birds also sleep alone in tree crevices.
Like other woodland birds, this species has been adversely affected by deforestation. For example, in Colombia it is apparently common in the northwestern Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, though otherwise a rather rare bird. This species apparently avoids human-altered habitat and secondary forest whenever possible. It is thus useful as a bioindicator.
- Stiles, F. Gary; Skutch, Alexander F. (1989). A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica. Comstock Publishing Associates. ISBN 0-8014-9600-4.
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