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Scaly-breasted Wren - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Southern Nightingale-Wren

Microcerculus marginatus
Photo by megan perkins
Location: Henri Pittier, Venezuela


Brown upperside, pale breast. Southern birds have scaled breast, but northern ones lack visible scaling.


Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.


This species has in the past been considered conspecific with Nightingale Wren

Six subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • M. m. luscinia
  • M. m. taeniatus
  • M. m. occidentalis
  • M. m. corrasus
  • M. m. squamulatus
  • M. m. marginatus

At least one source have considered *M. m. luscinia a full species, Whistling Wren


Moist lowland forests.


Usually walks on the ground in the forest.

Song consists of widely spaced notes.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Garrigues and Dean 2007. The birds of Costa Rica - a field guide. Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0-8014-7373-9

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