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Merida Wren Cistothorus meridae

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The Merida Wren is a tiny songbird endemic to the Andes of western Venezuela.  Closely related to the Grass Wren complex, this species has a highly restricted range that only includes wet areas of paramo at 3000-4100 meters in elevation.  Merida Wren has a simpler, shorter song than Grass Wren, but is quite similar in plumage.  Small and brown with complex dark brown and white barring, the species is distinguishable from Grass Wren by its bold white supercilium and black flank barring.

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

Recommended Citation

Merida Wren (Cistothorus meridae), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: