• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

Wren-like Rushbird - BirdForum Opus

Phleocryptes melanops
Photo © by Momo
Laguna Huarcapay, near Cusco, Peru, March 2006


13.5–14.5 cm

  • Dark brown crown
  • Buffy supercilium
  • Brown back with whitish streaks
  • Brown tail
  • Brown wings with rufous patches
  • Buff-edged white throat and belly

Sexes similar


South America: found in Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina.



There are four subspecies:

An additional subspecies P.M. juninensis is not recognised by all authorities[1].


Reedbeds, marshes, swamps, in both fresh and brackish water.


A quick, small shy bird.


The diet includes insects and other small invertebrates.


A spherical nest is built and attached to reeds, with a side entrance near the top. Both adults incubate the eggs and rear the young.


  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. Ansers.com
  4. BF Member observations

Recommended Citation

External Links

GSearch checked for 2020 platform.