five miles [8 km] from St Francesville, Louisiana, USA.
Taxonomy complex and much debated. Sometimes placed in genus Troglodytes, on basis of voice, behaviour and plumage, but without reference to DNA; in past, considered by some to be close to Troglodytes sissonii in Thryomanes, with suggestion that they might even be conspecific; however, genetic data place present species as closely related to Thryothorus ludovicianus. Other proposed races: from S California (USA), correctus (San Benito County S to San Diego), nesophilus (islands of Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Anacapa) and catalinae (Santa Catalina I), all synonymized with charienturus; also, birds from C Mexico (Jalisco, S Zacatecas), described as race percnus, appear indistinguishable from murinus. Sixteen extant subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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