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Photo © by Gerald Friesen
East Andes slope, San Isidro’s Lodge, East Andes, Ecuador, April 2018
Troglodytes solstitialis


10·5–11·5 cm (4-4½ in)

Similar species

House Wren


Andes of north-western Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and north-western Venezuela.



Five subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • T. s. solitarius:
  • Andes of Colombia and western [Venezuela]]
  • T. s. solstitialis:
  • Andes of southern Colombia to Ecuador and northern Peru (Cajamarca)
  • T. s. macrourus:
  • Andes of east-central Peru (southern Amazonas to Cusco)
  • T. s. frater:
  • Andes of extreme south-eastern Peru (Puno) to Bolivia
  • T. s. auricularis:
  • Andes of north-western Argentina (south to Tucumán and Catamarca)


Humid forests, forest edges and cloudforests. Occasionally seen in bamboo thickets.


Frequently in mixed flocks.


There is no information available on their diet. The feeds both low and high within the forest sometimes in mixed flocks.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  3. Ridgely and Tudor 2009. Field guide to the songbirds of South America - The Passerines. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-71979-8
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2018)

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