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Cinnycerthia olivascens

Sharpe's Wren

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Troglodytidae

Authors: Johnson, Tom

Cinnycerthia olivascens

Guacamayos slope road, Ecuador; 25 November 2004 © Ian Davies

Sharpe's Wren is a large forest wren of the mountains of northwestern South America.  Found in the Andes from northern Colombia south to northern Peru, this wren prefers dense understory such as bamboo thickets in humid forest between 1500 and 2500 meters in elevation.  It is sepia-toned overall with a paler tan throat, grayish supercilium, and black barring on the wings and tail.  The species is often found in groups, though their fast movements and skulking habits make these birds difficult to see.  However, Sharpe's Wren is typical easy to hear as flocks make chattering calls and rich song with several birds vocalizing simultaneously.

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Recommended Citation

Johnson, Tom. 2010. Sharpe's Wren (Cinnycerthia olivascens), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

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