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Odontorchilus branickii

Gray-mantled Wren

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Troglodytidae
  • Polytypic 2 Subspecies

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S. and Tom Johnson

Odontorchilus branickii

Peru; © Glenn Bartley

Gray-mantled Wren is a peculiar, arboreal wren of the Andes of South America. Found from Colombia south to northern Bolivia, this species occupies the canopy of humid montane forest from 800 to 2400 meters in elevation. This is a slender, odd-colored wren that is gray above and white below, with brown crown and a long gray tail boldly barred with black. Like its congener, Tooth-billed Wren (Odontorchilus cinereus), Gray-mantled Wren is rather gnatcatcher-like in its structure and behavior: it tends to poke around branches with its tail cocked up as it searches for insects to eat.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S. and Tom Johnson. 2015. Gray-mantled Wren (Odontorchilus branickii), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Probe
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Mixed Flocks
  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern