Family Wrenthrush (Zeledoniidae)

Least Concern

Wrenthrush (Zeledonia coronata)


French: Zélédonie couronnée German: Zaunkönigsänger Spanish: Reinita de Zeledón

Zeledonia coronata


, 1889,

Laguna del Volcán de Poás, Costa Rica




N Costa Rica S to WC Panama.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 21 g. Distinctive species, plump and short-tailed, somewhat resembling an antpitta (Grallaricula), with very dark overall appearance. Has orange-rufous... read more


Song a variable but short series of piercing whistles, transcribed as "see-see-suu seep... read more


Dense bamboo thickets in humid montane forest, also dense second growth and páramo... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds mainly on insects and other arthropods, especially spiders (Araneae). Forages mostly on ground in dense cover; also gleans low down... read more


Egg-laying in Apr–Jun. Nest a hollow ball of tightly packed mosses with side entrance, hidden on ground, usually on steep mossy bank... read more


Sedentary; little or no altitudinal movement.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Locally common. No population estimates available. Largely reliant on... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. (2019). Wrenthrush (Zeledonia coronata). 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 22 July 2019).