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Henicorhina leucophrys

Gray-breasted Wood-Wren

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Troglodytidae


Henicorhina leucophrys

Colombia; 19 January 2011 © Hugo Loaiza

One of the most widely distributed of the Neotropical wrens, the Gray-breasted Wood-Wren is found from northeast Mexico south on both slopes of Middle America, and then through the Andes of South America to northern Bolivia, as well as the coastal mountains of northern Venezuela. Despite its general abundance, the species is nonetheless far more commonly heard than seen. The Gray-breasted Wood-Wren is generally found in humid montane forests, principally above 1500 m, but locally down to 400 m in Colombia, and is usually observed in pairs or small family groups, always low above the ground and keeping within dense vegetation.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Gray-breasted Wood-Wren (Henicorhina leucophrys), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website, for the distribution in Central America and/or Caribbean, and on a map provided by Robert S. Ridgely, for the South American distribution.

The data for the InforNatura 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:Montane evergreen forest edge
  • Foraging Strata:Understory/Midstory
  • Foraging Behavior:Flutter-chase
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:---
  • Nest Form:
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern