Whiskered Wren Pheugopedius mystacalis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Troglodytidae
  • Polytypic: 8 subspecies
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The Whiskered Wren is a skulking species of the northern Andes from Venezuela south to Ecuador.  It prefers forest undergrowth and thickets from 800-2400 meters in elevation in the Andes, unlike the very closely related Moustached Wren of Amazonian lowlands.  Whiskered Wren is large, gray-headed with black and white facial stripes, with rufous on the back, wings, and black-barred tail, and plain white underparts.  The species is most easily detected in its dense habitat by its loud, ringing song, which is more gurgling than than that of the Moustached Wren.

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© Ted Parker

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

Recommended Citation

Whiskered Wren (Pheugopedius mystacalis), 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/whiwre1