Plain-tailed Wren (Pheugopedius euophrys)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Napo, Ecuador

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Napo, Ecuador

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Mantaro Valley, Junin

Identification & Behavior: ~16.5 cm (6.4 in). The Plain-tailed Wren has rufous upperparts and tail with no markings. The head is patterned with white superciliary, cheeks streaked with dusky and white (atriceps) or plain grayish (schulenbergi and undescribed form in the Mantaro Valley), and dusky malar stripe. The throat is whitish grading to gray-brown towards the rest of the underparts. It forages in pairs or family groups in humid montane forests where it is mostly associated with patches of Chusquea bamboo. The juvenile is very similar to wrens of the genus Cinnycerthia. Also, see Speckle-breasted Wren.

Status: The Plain-tailed Wren ranges on the north side (atriceps) and the south side (schulenbergi) of the Marañon river valleys. A disjunct population occurs in Junin, which may represent a separate species. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Cucarachero de Cola Llana.

Sub-species: Plain-tailed Wren (Pheugopedius euophrys atriceps), Chapman, 1924.  NW Peru (NE Piura, Cajamarca).
(Pheugopedius euophrys schulenbergi), (T. A. Parker and O’Neill), 1985.  N Peru S of R Marañón (Amazonas, San Martín).

Meaning of Name: Pheugopedius: Gr. pheugo= to shun and pous, podos= foot. euophrys: Gr. eu= fine and ophrus,ophruos= eyebrow, brow.

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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.