Notice for readers: On March 31, Neotropical Birds will be integrated into the new Birds of the World, a powerful research database offering species accounts for every species on earth. Learn more at While Birds of the World is a subscription service, we remain committed to offering this content to Neotropical Birds contributors and to those unable to pay for it through our scholarship program. Stay tuned.

Yucatan Wren Campylorhynchus yucatanicus


Although this species was sometimes in the past considered to be a subspecies of the much more widespread Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus), it is nowadays generally treated as a species apart. The Yucatan Wren is a fairly large wren with heavily barred upperparts, a dark crown and white supercilium, and whitish underparts that are boldly streaked with black. It is principally restricted to coastal areas of the northern Yucatán Peninsula, in eastern Mexico, where it favors scattered scrub, often with cacti. Little has been published concerning the species’ ecology and natural history, but like many other wrens it is typically found in pairs or small family groups.

Help complete this species

There are many ways to contribute—we need species information, photographs, audio, video, translations, maps, distribution data, and bird sightings. There's a role for everyone!

Learn more


© Michael Andersen

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

Recommended Citation

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