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Stripe-backed Wren Campylorhynchus nuchalis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Troglodytidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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  • © Carl Downing

The Stripe-backed Wren is confined to northern South America, where it ranges across much of Venezuela north of the Orinoco River and into the extreme northeast of Colombia, and is found in bushy areas and open forest, often being closely associated with water. It is a noisy and generally conspicuous bird. The only other wren in its range that might be confused with this gray-black and white species is the Band-backed Wren (Campylorhynchus zonatus), with which there is narrow overlap in Colombia, although even here they tend to segregate by habitat, with Stripe-backed Wren selecting drier areas. This wren’s social system is particularly interesting, it being a cooperative polyandrous breeder, with groups of up to 14 individuals defending comparatively large group territories.

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© William W. H. Gunn

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

Recommended Citation

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