Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Troglodytidae
  • Polytypic: 13 subspecies
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One of the most widely distributed of the Neotropical wrens, the Gray-breasted Wood-Wren is found from northeast Mexico south on both slopes of Middle America, and then through the Andes of South America to northern Bolivia, as well as the coastal mountains of northern Venezuela. Despite its general abundance, the species is nonetheless far more commonly heard than seen. The Gray-breasted Wood-Wren is generally found in humid montane forests, principally above 1500 m, but locally down to 400 m in Colombia, and is usually observed in pairs or small family groups, always low above the ground and keeping within dense vegetation.

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Song (Central American)

© David L. Ross, Jr.

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

Recommended Citation

Gray-breasted Wood-Wren (Henicorhina leucophrys), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: