Peruvian Wren (Cinnycerthia peruana)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Apalla, Junin

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Chido Trail, Amazonas

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Carpish, Huanuco

Identification & Behavior: ~14.5 cm (5.7 in). The Peruvian Wren is all rufous with dusky barring on the flight feathers and tail. It has a conspicuous gray eyebrow. Some adults are rufous with gray eyebrow while others have a variable amount of white on the forehead and face.  It forages in the understory of humid montane forest in pairs or family groups. It is similar to the Sharpe’s Wren but is distinguished by the gray eyebrow and by having white on the forehead and face, and by ranging at higher elevations. Sharpe’s Wren never shows white on the forehead and face.

Status: Endemic. The Peruvian Wren is fairly common in humid montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 2400-3500 m. The Peruvian Wren does not occur on the north side of the Marañon Valley.

Name in Spanish: Cucarachero Peruano.

Sub-species: Peruvian Wren (Cinnycerthia peruana), (Cabanis), 1873.

Meaning of Name: Cinnycerthia: One that resembles the Genus Cinnyris Cuvier, 1816 and the genus Certhia Linnaeus, 1758. peruana: Originated or associated with the country of Peru in South America.

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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.