skip to content

Campylorhynchus griseus

Bicolored Wren

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Troglodytidae
  • Polytypic 6 Subspecies

Authors:

Campylorhynchus griseus

Cantá, Roraima, Brazil; 5 July 2012 © Marcelo Camacho

The Bicolored Wren is one of the largest members of the wren family. As is typical of the tropical members of the group, the Bicolored Wren exhibits strong geographic variation. The six subspecies vary in the saturation of black on the head, eye-line, back and wing coverts. The western subspecies in northern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela are the most striking, with the greatest amount of black in the plumage, and the more easterly subspecies becoming progressively more rufous. Typical of the genus, the Bicolored Wren is a cooperative breeder and builds a domed nest with a narrow side-entrance; this species also will regularly adopt and convert other domed nests built by species of other genera, such as Pitangus or Myiozetetes.

Help complete this species

There are many ways to contribute — we need species information, photographs, audio, video, translations, maps, distribution data, and bird sightings. There's a role for everyone!

Learn more

Recommended Citation

. 2010. Bicolored Wren (Campylorhynchus griseus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=530476

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Arid lowland scrub
  • Foraging Strata:Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Probe
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:Cooperative
  • Nest Form:Spherical
  • Clutch: 3 - 5
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern