Gray-mantled Wren Odontorchilus branickii

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Troglodytidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S. and Tom Johnson
  • Gray-mantled Wren (subspecies branickii)
  • © 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.


© Andrew Spencer

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S. and Tom Johnson. 2015. Gray-mantled Wren (Odontorchilus branickii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.