Family Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Least Concern

Peruvian Wren (Cinnycerthia peruana)


French: Troglodyte brun German: Peruzaunkönig Spanish: Cucarachero peruano

Presbys peruanus


, 1873,

Maraynioc, Junín, Peru


See C. olivascens. Monotypic.


Andes of Peru (from Amazonas S to Ayacucho).

Descriptive notes

15·5–16 cm; 19·6 g. Has upperparts rich chestnut-brown, nape and back less rufescent than crown and rump; many adults have variable amount of white on the... read more


Song, frequently as duet by the sexes, a magnificent series of rich trills and clear whistles, with... read more


Wet montane forest, second growth and forest edge; 1500–3300 m.

Food and feeding

No information on food. Usually feeds on or near ground, rummaging around in vegetation and litter. Frequently in groups, seemingly... read more


Poorly documented. Nest with one newly hatched chick and one egg in Sept in Huánuco; also, fledglings observed in Aug and juveniles... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Quite common in suitable habitat in parts of its range.

Recommended citation

Kroodsma, D. & Brewer, D. (2020). Peruvian Wren (Cinnycerthia peruana). 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 31 March 2020).