Stripe-breasted Wren Cantorchilus thoracicus

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While wrens are found throughout the New World, the highest concentration of species is found in Middle America. The Stripe-breasted Wren is one such species endemic to the landbridge between South and North America, where it occurs from Nicaragua to western Panama on the Caribbean slope of the isthmus. Wrens are famous songsters, and the Stripe-breasted Wren has two distinct singing ‘styles’, which are sufficiently at variance to sound as if they were made by completely different types of birds. The first is a series of whistles on the same pitch, somewhat like the calls of a small owl, which song, usually given at dawn, is typically given by a single bird. The second is a series of up to ten bubbling whistles, which is far more typical of the Troglodytidae, and is given in a duet.

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Recommended Citation

Stripe-breasted Wren (Cantorchilus thoracicus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: