French: Troglodyte à dos roux German: Rostrücken-Zaunkönig Spanish: Cucarachero dorsicastaño
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. nigricaudatus
(Nelson, 1897) – S Mexico (Chiapas) and W Guatemala.
C. c. castaneus
Ridgway, 1888 – interior of Guatemala E to Honduras.
C. c. xerophilus
(Griscom, 1930) – upper Motagua Valley, EC Guatemala.
C. c. capistratus
(Lesson, 1842) – Pacific coast of El Salvador and Nicaragua S to NW Costa Rica.
C. c. nicoyae
A. R. Phillips, 1986 – Nicoya Peninsula, in NW Costa Rica.
C. c. nicaraguae
(W. deW. Miller & Griscom, 1925) – interior of Nicaragua.
15–19 cm; 24–40 g. Unmistakable over most of range. Adult has crown and eyestripe black, broad white supercilium, hindneck and mantle rufous, lower back and rump more... read more
Song a prolonged series of rich chortling phrases, usually 3–8 notes, interspersed with harsher... read more
Arid and semi-arid areas with dry scrub (especially with Opuntia cactus), including areas... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds predominantly on invertebrates, especially small beetles, crickets, larvae, roaches, spiders and so on; probably also takes some... read more
Season mid Mar to Jul, mostly Apr–Jun, in El Salvador; Apr–Aug in Costa Rica; probably single-brooded. Nest built by both sexes, a bulky... read more
Apparently entirely sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common or abundant in many parts of its range. Appears able to tolerate substantial habitat modification, provided sufficient bushes... read more
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