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Microcerculus philomela

Nightingale Wren

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Troglodytidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Rentschlar, Kate, C. Soberanes-González, C. Rodríguez-Flores, and M. C. Arizmendi

Microcerculus philomela

Tilarán, Guanacaste, Costa Rica; 4 October 2014 © David Rodríguez Arias

Nightingale Wren is a small, short-tailed wren found from southern Mexico to central Costa Rica. The plumage is dark brown, the feathers narrowly tipped with black. Formerly known as Northern Nightingale-Wren, it is the northern component of a species pair that includes the Scaly-breasted Wren (Microcerculus marginatus), previously Southern Nightingale-Wren. Nightingale Wren is more often identified by its song than visually, as it walks along the forest floor, bobbing its posterior like a waterthrush (Parkesia).

Recommended Citation

Rentschlar, Kate, C. Soberanes-González, C. Rodríguez-Flores, and M. C. Arizmendi. 2012. Nightingale Wren (Microcerculus philomela), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Terrestrial
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern