Family Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Least Concern

Wing-banded Wren (Microcerculus bambla)


French: Troglodyte bambla German: Weißbinden-Zaunkönig Spanish: Cucarachero alifranjeado

Formicarius bambla


, 1783,

Cayenne, French Guiana


Reasonably marked genetic and phenotypic divergence supports recognition of two groups#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. b. bambla (Boddaert, 1783) – Eastern Wing-banded Wren – extreme E Venezuela (E Bolívar), the Guianas and N Brazil (Roraima E to Amapá).
  • M. b. caurensis Berlepsch & E. J. O. Hartert, 1902 – S & SE Venezuela (S Bolívar, Amazonas) and extreme E Colombia.
  • M. b. albigularis (P. L. Sclater, 1858) – Western Wing-banded Wren – E Ecuador (Sucumbíos, Napo, Pastaza), N & SC Peru (upper R Tigre#R, foothills of C Peru#R) and NW Brazil (N Amazonas).
  • Descriptive notes

    11·5 cm; c. 17–19 g. Nominate race has lores and ear-coverts dark brown; crown and upperparts blackish-brown, each feather obscurely tipped darker brown; primaries,... read more


    Song is a beautiful series of 3–6 clear, pure high-pitched notes separated by short pauses;... read more


    Lowland rainforest, including forest with dense understorey and somewhat more open types; essential... read more

    Food and feeding

    Adults in French Guiana seen to carry moths (Lepidoptera), worms, orthopterans, spiders (Araneae) and tiny frogs to nest; no other data on... read more


    Two nests described (both in Nouragues Natural Reserve), on 21st and 22nd Mar, and individual carrying food on 21st Jan, all in French... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widely distributed but not particularly common in French Guiana; only recently discovered in Suriname, where is probably rare; apparently commoner in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Kroodsma, D. & Brewer, D. (2020). Wing-banded Wren (Microcerculus bambla). 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 24 February 2020).