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Microcerculus ustulatus

Flutist Wren

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Troglodytidae

Authors: Johnson, Tom

The Flutist Wren is a range restricted songbird of northeastern South America.  It is endemic to humid forest on tepuis from 860-2100 meters in elevation in Venezuela and adjacent Brazil and Guyana..  The species is small and stub-tailed, dark brown above and rufous below with a long bill, and is overall similar to the Nightingale-wren and Scaly-breasted Wren.  The Flutist Wren sings a beautiful ascending trill; as the species is rather furtive as it bobs its rear end while walking on the forest floor, this song is the best way to detect the species.

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Recommended Citation

Johnson, Tom. 2010. Flutist Wren (Microcerculus ustulatus), 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=540076

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

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