Fasciated wren

Fasciated wren
Campylorhynchus fasciatus

Photo by Manolo Arribas (ASEDI)

Common name:
fasciated wren (en); garrincha-zebrada (pt); troglodyte fascié (fr); ratona franjeada (es); bindenzaunkönig (de)

Order Passeriformmes
Family Troglodytidae

This species in only found in western Ecuador and north-western Peru.

These birds are 19 cm long and weigh aroud 30 g.

The fasciated wren is mostly found in arid and semi-arid areas, including scrublands, dry tropical forests and forest edges, but also in orchards and plantations. In Ecuador they also use rainforests. They are present from sea level up to an altitude of 2.600 m.

They mainly feed on invertebrates, but also take some plant matter.

Fasciated wrens breed in May-August. They can breed in monogamous pair, or more often in co-operative groups with a dominant pair and up to 10 helpers, mostly young from previous years. The nest is a domed structure with side entrance, made with grass and lined with feathers, which is placed on a tree or tall cactus. They can also nest on old ovenbird mud nests. The female lays 4-7 eggs which are incubated for 17 days. There is no information regarding the length of the fledgling period.

IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has a large breeding range and is described as common. The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

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