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Campylorhynchus gularis

Spotted Wren

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Troglodytidae

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

Campylorhynchus gularis

Mexico; 18 February 2009 © Dominic Sherony

Endemic to western and central Mexico, the Spotted Wren is characterized by its largely brown upperparts, barred tail, white supercilium, slightly buffy-colored underparts with some black spots on the sides, and obscure dark barring on the lower flanks. It inhabits woodland and rocky slopes, as well as more shrubby cover, at altitudes between 800 and 2500 m at least. This species was formerly considered to be conspecific with the rather similarly plumaged Boucard’s Wren (Campylorhynchus jocosus), but the latter is larger, and more extensively spotted on the underparts. These two species are allopatrically distributed, with Boucard’s Wren also being endemic to Mexico, but found to the south of the range of the present species.

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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:

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.

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