Collared Gnatwren (Microbates collaris)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Polioptilidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Surinam

Identification & Behavior: ~10.3 cm (4 in ). The Collared Gnatwren has brown upperparts and white underparts. It has a broad black malar streak, a broad and incomplete black band across the breast, and a black stripe that projects from behind the eye. It has the appearance of a wren with an often cocked tail, long and slender bill. It is rather active yet difficult to observe.  It is structurally similar and behaves like the Tawny-faced Gnatwren and Long-billed Gnatwren.

Status: The Collared Gnatwren is restricted to extreme northeast Peru where it is only known to occur on the north side of the Amazon and East of the Napo Rivers. Uncommon to rare in the thick understory. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Br.

Name in Spanish: Soterillo Acollarado.

Sub-species: Collared Gnatwren (Microbates collaris perlatus) (Pelzeln, 1868).

Meaning of Name:  Microbates: Gr.mikros= small, and bates= walker, one who walks. collaris: L. collum= Collar. A small collared bird that walks or moves quickly.

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Distribution Map
Collared GnatwrenVoice


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo), The Field Museum. on 10/18/2014.