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Timberline Wren Thryorchilus browni

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Troglodytidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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This high-altitude wren of Costa Rica and Panama is generally found at elevations above those inhabited by the somewhat similar Ochraceous Wren (Troglodytes ochraceus), from which it differs by its white supercilium, more prominent facial markings, and whitish patch on the primaries. Their songs are also very different. The Timberline Wren inhabits bamboo thickets in the páramo zone, as well as forest edges at the treeline, and bushy landscapes below this. Its overall altitudinal range spans 2200–3600 m. In terms of its morphology, Thryorchilus is a relatively ill-defined genus; this, the sole representative of the genus is very short-tailed, but rather long-legged.

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

Recommended Citation

Timberline Wren (Thryorchilus browni), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/timwre1