Nightingale Wren Microcerculus philomela

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Troglodytidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Rentschlar, Kate
  • © David Rodríguez Arias

Nightingale Wren is a small, short-tailed wren found from southern Mexico to central Costa Rica. The plumage is dark brown, the feathers narrowly tipped with black. Formerly known as Northern Nightingale-Wren, it is the northern component of a species pair that includes the Scaly-breasted Wren (Microcerculus marginatus), previously Southern Nightingale-Wren. Nightingale Wren is more often identified by its song than visually, as it walks along the forest floor, bobbing its posterior like a waterthrush (Parkesia).


© David L Ross, Jr.

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

Recommended Citation

Rentschlar, Kate. 2012. Nightingale Wren (Microcerculus philomela), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.