Flutist Wren Microcerculus ustulatus

  • © Anselmo d'Affonseca

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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© Theodore A Parker, III

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

Recommended Citation

Flutist Wren (Microcerculus ustulatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: