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Campylorhynchus albobrunneus
Bird of nominate subspecies
Photo by NJLarsen
Canopy Camp, Darien, Panama, January 2018


Head, neck, and most of underside white while upperside including wings are brown to blackish. Undertail coverts are barred.


The subspecies in Eastern Darien (Panama) are darker on upperside than the birds further west.

Bird of subspecies harterti
Photo by COLOMBIA Birding
W Andes, Colombia


Panama and Colombia.


Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • C. a. albobrunneus - humid lowlands of central and eastern Panama
  • C. a. harterti - eastern Panama (Darién) and western Colombia (south at least to Valle)

The subspecies aenigmaticus is no longer considered valid. It is now believed to represent hybrids between the first of the above subspecies and Band-backed Wren.


Moist lowland forests.


Prefers mid to upper level in forest and second growth, not frequent on the ground.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. HBW alive accessed February 2018.

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