Bar-winged Wood-Wren (Henicorhina leucoptera)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Alto Nieva, Amazonas

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Alto Nieva, Amazonas

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Alto Nieva, Amazonas

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Alto Nieva, Amazonas

Identification & Behavior: ~11 cm (4.3 in). The Bar-winged Wood-Wren has dark rufous upperparts with the flight feathers and a short tail barred with black. It has two conspicuous white wing bars. It has a broad white superciliary and sides of the head streaked with black and white.  The throat and breast are whitish and grade to gray and then to rufous toward the rest of the underparts. It is very vocal and it is more often heard than seen. Singles or pairs forage in scrub vegetation that grows in nutrient-poor soils on mountain ridges. It is similar to the Gray-breasted Wood-Wren but is distinguished by having two white wing bars and by being restricted to montane scrub habitats. The Gray-breasted Wood-Wren forages in the understory of humid montane forests.

Status: The Bar-winged Wren is fairly common at specific localities on both sides of the Marañon Valley at elevations ranging between 1350-2300 m. It also occurs in Ec.

Name in Spanish: Cucarachero de Ala Barrada.

Sub-species: Bar-winged Wood-Wren (Henicorhina leucoptera Fitzpatrick), Terborgh and Willard, 1977.

Meaning of Name: Henicorhina: Gr., henikos= singular and rhis, rhinos= nostrils. leucoptera: Gr. leukos white and pteron, pteros= wing, winged.

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Distribution Map


    • 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 03/01/2016.