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Campylorhynchus gularis

Spotted Wren

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Troglodytidae

Authors: Soberanes-González, C., C. Rodríguez-Flores & M.C. Arizmendi



16.0 - 18.0 cm. Eyes reddish. Bill slender, fairly long; blackish above, paler below at least basally. Face whitish with a dark line at through the eye; crown brown; a blackish line, like a mustache. Nape, back, wings and rump brown; striped and spotted with white and black on nape and back. Wings barred with dark brown and buff to whitish. Tail brown-gray, barred darker. Throat, chest, belly and feathers that cover lower tail whitish; flanks washed cinnamon. Chest and flanks strongly spotted with black. Legs grayish. Males and females are similar. Juveniles are similar to adults, but the face and eyebrow washed buff; crown dark brown. Nape and back streaked dark brown and pale cinnamon; throat and underparts creamy buff.

Similar Species

Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus), prefers arid places; has the throat and chest strongly spotted qwith black; face streaked with blackish. Boucard´s Wren (Campylorhynchus jocosus), is larger, bill and tail longer, upperparts browner, more extensive black spotting below.


Emits a gruff, dry, and fairly quiet cheh-cheh-cheht and longer scolding and catering series. Song varied, gruff to slightly gurgling and rollicking phrases, repeated 2 - 4 times, whir-i-i-whirrih or chorr-i.choik, or whichoo wit-choo¿wit, etc.

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Recommended Citation

Soberanes-González, C., C. Rodríguez-Flores & M.C. Arizmendi. 2010. Spotted Wren (Campylorhynchus gularis), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: