Tawny-faced Gnatwren (Microbates cinereiventris)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. El Valle, Choco, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. San Ciprianno, Colombia

Identification & Behavior: ~(10.5 cm 4.1 in). The Tawny-faced Gnatwren has brown upperparts and gray underparts with a white throat and white-and-gray streaking running down the middle of the breast. The sides of the head are rufous. It has the appearance of a wren with a short and often cocked tail, long and slender bill, and an active, yet elusive, behavior similar to that of Long-billed Gnatwren and Collared Gnatwren.

Status: The Tawny-faced Gnatwren is rare in the thick understory of the Amazonian lowlands and in disjunct localities along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Other names: Half-collared Gnatwren.

Name in Spanish: Soterillo de Cara Leonada.

Sub-species: Tawny-faced Gnatwren (Microbates cinereiventris peruvianus) Sclater, PL, 1855.

Meaning of Name:  Microbates: Gr.mikros= small, and bates= walker, one who walks. cinereiventris: L. cinereus=gray, ventris= belly. A small and restless gray-bellied bird.

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Distribution Map
Tawny-faced 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. http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 10/18/2014.