House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lachay, Lima

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cajamarca

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Camana, Arequipa

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cuzco|Ticlio

Identification & Behavior: ~12.5 cm (5 in). The House Wren has dark-brown upperparts with the tail and flight feathers barred with black. The throat is pale and grades to buff and rufous towards the rest of the underparts. It forages near the ground in thick vegetation in a variety of conditions including parks and urban areas. It is similar to the Mountain Wren but is distinguished by a longer tail, and by not having a conspicuous pale superciliary. These two species overlap only within the range of the Mountain Wren.

Status: The House Wren is common and widespread through just about any habitat and elevation. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, Bo, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Cucarachero Común.

Sub-species: House Wren (Troglodytes aedon albicans), Berlepsch and Taczanowski, 1884.  SW Colombia and W Ecuador.
(Troglodytes aedon audax), Tschudi, 1844.  arid W coast of Peru (from Trujillo S to Pisco).
(Troglodytes aedon puna), Berlepsch and Stolzmann, 1896.  N & E Peru and NW Bolivia.
(Troglodytes aedon carabayae), Chapman and Griscom, 1924.  C & S Peru (Junín S to Puno).
(Troglodytes aedon tecellatus), d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye, 1837.  extreme SW Peru and N Chile (Lluta Valley).

Meaning of Name: Troglodytes: Gr. trogle= cave and dutes= diver, to plunge. aedon: L. aëdon, aëdonis= nightingale, songstress.

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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.