Family Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Least Concern

Thrush-like Wren (Campylorhynchus turdinus)


French: Troglodyte grivelé German: Drosselzaunkönig Spanish: Cucarachero turdino

Opetiorhynchus turdinus


, 1821,

Rio Catolé, Bahia, Brazil


Sometimes considered conspecific with C. albobrunneus, but has totally different vocalizations and genetic data refute the relationship#R. Proposed race aenigmaticus (from SW Colombia) of C. zonatus sometimes included with present species; probably a hybrid form (see that species). Race unicolor distinctive in plumage, with greyish-toned upperparts and mostly unspotted underparts, but is vocally like the other two subspecies#R. Three subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. t. hypostictus Gould, 1855 – C & SE Colombia and E Ecuador E across Brazil to R Tocantins, S to E Peru and N Bolivia.
  • C. t. turdinus (Wied, 1821) – Thrush-like Wren – E Brazil (Maranhão, and Bahia S to Espírito Santo).
  • C. t. unicolor Lafresnaye, 1846 – Plain-breasted Wren – lowlands of E Bolivia and adjacent Brazil, Paraguay (expanding throughout the country#R) and extreme N Argentina (E Formosa, N Misiones).
  • Descriptive notes

    20·5 cm; 39 g. Nominate has supercilium and lores whitish or pale greyish, ear-coverts mottled grey-brown; crown dull-scalloped blackish-grey, shoulders and back... read more


    Song a loud, cheerful chortling, often prefaced by a series of harsh scratchy notes; both sexes... read more


    Humid forest, including várzea and second growth at forest edge, also gardens and parks;... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly insectivorous, but also takes fruit. Forages usually in small groups, presumably family parties, mostly in upper parts of trees.


    Little known. Season at least Jun–Oct in E Bolivia. Nest in Bolivia described as a ragged grassy ball, often containing other... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Quite common in some parts of range. Seems to adapt well to forest edge, roadsides and similar habitats. Presently expanding range... read more

    Recommended citation

    Kroodsma, D., Brewer, D. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Thrush-like Wren (Campylorhynchus turdinus). 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 20 August 2019).