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Microcerculus bambla

Wing-banded Wren

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Troglodytidae

Authors: Johnson, Tom

Microcerculus bambla

São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil; 14 August 2011 © Björn Anderson (more images on

Wing-banded Wren is a tiny songbird with a big voice of northern South America, mainly east of the Andes.  Its range includes parts of Venezuela, the Guianas, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru.  This is a small, short-tailed wren that is dark brown above and gray below with blackish wings marked with a single white bar.  The species seems to be closely related to the mostly allopatric Scaly-breasted Wren, but is visually distinctive due to the white wing bar.  Wing-banded Wren even sounds like Scaly-breasted Wren with a high series of notes that becomes more rapid toward the end of the song.

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Recommended Citation

Johnson, Tom. 2010. Wing-banded Wren (Microcerculus bambla), 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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