Gray-breasted Wood-Wren (Henicorhina leucophrys)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Satipo Road, Junin

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Gachala, Colombia

Identification & Behavior: ~11 cm (4.3 in). The Gray-breasted Wood-Wren has rufous upperparts with the flight feathers and a short tail barred with black. It has a conspicuous white superciliary and sides of the head streaked with black and white.  The throat and breast are gray grading to rufous toward the rest of the underparts. It is very vocal and it is more often heard than seen. Singles forage in the forest understory.  It is similar to the Bar-winged Wood-Wren but is distinguished by having a gray throat and breast, no white wing bars, and by favoring in the understory of mature montane forests.

Status: The Gray-breasted Wood-Wren is common and widespread in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1100-2850 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Cucarachero de Pecho Gris.

Sub-species: Gray-breasted Wood-Wren (Henicorhina leucophrys leucophrys), (Tschudi), 1844.

Meaning of Name: Henicorhina: Gr., henikos= singular and rhis, rhinos= nostrils. leucophrys: Gr. Leukos= white and ophruos= eyebrow.

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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.