Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata)


Taxonomy

French: Cama brune German: Chaparralgrasmücke Spanish: Camea
Taxonomy:

Parus fasciatus

Gambel

, 1845,

Monterey, Monterey County, California, USA

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Additional proposed races include intermedia (from interior and S areas of San Francisco Bay region of California), synonymized with rufula, and canicauda (from NW Baja California), treated as synonym of henshawi. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. f. phaea Osgood, 1899 – extreme W USA from W Oregon (Columbia R) S along humid coastal belt to California border.
  • C. f. margra Browning, 1992 – interior S Oregon.
  • C. f. rufula Ridgway, 1903 – NW California coast from Oregon border S to San Francisco Bay area.
  • C. f. fasciata (Gambel, 1845) – coastal C California (from W Monterey County S to C San Luis Obispo County).
  • C. f. henshawi Ridgway, 1882 – interior and coastal S California, and extreme NW Mexico (NW Baja California).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–16 cm; 14–15 g. Small greyish-brown babbler with vague pinkish tinge below, long and rounded tail. Nominate race has crown greyish mid-brown with vague darker... read more

    Voice

    Song of male, usually from cover but sometimes from exposed perch, a series of loud, rather dry... read more

    Habitat

    Dense brushy and shrubby areas as are found in many habitats, including douglas fir (... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including caterpillars, butterflies and moths and their cocoons (Lepidoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), ants (... read more

    Breeding

    Season Mar–Aug, start of breeding apparently timed in response to climatic conditions and to cues predicting conditions later in... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Abundant in cismontane shrublands, especially coastal scrub and chaparral. Range may be expanding to E & NE with deforestation, resulting in more... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59390 on 19 April 2019).