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Musician Wren - BirdForum Opus

Cyphorhinus arada
Photo by Anselmo d Affonseca
Manaus, Brazil, July 2016


  • Conspicuous white streaking on a black collar (lacking in interpositus)
  • Rufous patches behind the eye (grey in interpositus)


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.



There are 6 subspecies:

  • C. a. transfluvialis:
  • South-eastern Colombia (Caquetá) to northern Brazil (eastern Amazonas)
  • C. a. salvini:
  • C. a. arada:
  • C. a. griseolateralis:
  • Northern Amazonian Brazil in drainage of Rio Tapajós
  • C. a. interpositus:
  • Brazil (west of Rio Tapajós to northern Mato Grosso)
  • C. a. modulator:


Humid Forest.



Diet includes invertebrates.


It has a magnificent, haunting song.


  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. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations

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