Santa Marta Wren Troglodytes monticola

  • © Alonso Quevedo Gil

The Santa Marta Wren is a little known songbird of extremely high elevation scrub in northern Colombia.  Similar to Mountain Wren in appearance, this is a small dark brown wren with a buffy supercilium and fine black barring on the wings, tail, flanks, and undertail.  Apparently restricted to scrub/ shrub between 3200 and 4600 meters in elevation, the bird is known primarily from specimens collected in 1922 and very few recent observations due to its infrequently visited range high in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.  The Santa Marta Wren is considered to be vulnerable by the IUCN Red List due to habitat fragmentation within its highly restricted range.

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© Ross Gallardy

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

Recommended Citation

Santa Marta Wren (Troglodytes monticola), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: