Scaly-breasted Wren (Microcerculus marginatus)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre De Dios, Peru

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre De Dios, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~11 cm (4.3 in). The Scaly-breasted Wren has dark brown upperparts and a relatively short tail. The throat and breast are white grading to brown barring towards the rest of the underparts. Immature birds may not show much white on the throat and breast. It forages alone on the forest floor in Amazonia. It is a great songster easily heard when present. It is similar to the Wing-banded Wren but is distinguished by having white on the throat and breast and by lacking the white wing bar.

Status: The Scaly-breasted Wren is generally uncommon but can be fairly common by sound. It is widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1200 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Cucarachero de Pecho Escamado.

Sub-species: Scaly-breasted Wren (Microcerculus marginatus marginatus), (P. L. Sclater), 1855.

Meaning of Name: Microcerculus: Gr. mikros= small and kerkos= tail. marginatus: L. margo, marginis= border, edge; marginatus= bordered, edged.

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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.