Family Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Critically Endangered

Niceforo's Wren (Thryophilus nicefori)


French: Troglodyte de Niceforo German: Santanderzaunkönig Spanish: Cucarachero de Nicéforo

Thryothorus nicefori

Meyer de Schauensee

, 1946,

San Gil, south of Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia


Sometimes thought to be possibly a well-marked race of T. rufalbus, but recent studies of vocalizations#R and molecular data#R support species status. Monotypic.


W slope of E Andes from Serranía de los Yariguíes and San Gil area (Santander) E to Soatá#R (Boyacá), in Colombia.

Descriptive notes

14·5 cm. Has conspicuous white supercilium in front of and behind eye, contrasting with grey-brown eyestripe; ear-coverts mottled whitish-grey and dark grey-brown;... read more


Poorly known. Song stated to be “exactly like that of T. rufalbus”, but has... read more


Dense acacia (Acacia) scrubland in upper tropical zone, at c. 1100 m. Appears unable to... read more

Food and feeding

No published data.


No information.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: found only in the Chicamocha Valley and present in the Colombian East Andes EBA. Seven specimens were taken in 1945, and a... read more

Recommended citation

Kroodsma, D., Brewer, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Niceforo's Wren (Thryophilus nicefori). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 December 2018).