Moustached Wren Pheugopedius genibarbis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Troglodytidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
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  • © Nigel Voaden

The Moustached Wren is the sister species and Amazonian counterpart of the montane Whiskered Wren.  Distributed across a wide swath of Brazil and adjacent countries within the Amazon basin and eastern edge of the Andes, it is entirely allopatric with the Whiskered Wren, which is found at considerably higher elevations even though it used to be considered conspecific with Moustached Wren.  Visually similar to Whiskered, the Moustached Wren is large and gray-headed with black and white facial stripes,  rufous on the back, wings, and black-barred tail, and plain white underparts.  The song is useful in detecting this species, which skulks in bamboo thickets within forest, especially near water.

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© Ted Parker

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

Recommended Citation

Moustached Wren (Pheugopedius genibarbis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: