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Campylorhynchus jocosus

Boucard's 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 through the eye; crown brown; a blackish line, like a mustache. Nape streaked whitish and black. Back, wings and rump brown, spotted and streaked whitish and black. Wings barred dark brown and pale cinnamon to whitish. Tail gray-brown, barred darker. Throat, chest, belly and feathers that cover lower tail whitish, bold black spots on underparts form bars on flanks. Legs grayish. Males and females are similar. Juveniles are similar to adults, but upperparts (crown, nape, back, wings, rump and tail) less contrasting, underparts (throat, chest, belly, flanks and feathers that cover lower tail) with sparser, less distinct dusky spots and bars.

Similar Species

Spotted Wren (Campylorhynchus gularis), is smaller; bill and tail shorter; upperparts paler; black spots less dense and only in chest and flanks.


Emits a gruff kyah-kyah¿, a rapid, dry chi-chi¿, and dry chatters. Song varied short, rollicking phrases ka-you¿, or ch¿wi-it¿ etc.

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Recommended Citation

Soberanes-González, C., C. Rodríguez-Flores & M.C. Arizmendi. 2010. Boucard's Wren (Campylorhynchus jocosus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: