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Zapata Wren - BirdForum Opus

Photo by rb_stern
Zapata Peninsula, Cuba, February 2009
Ferminia cerverai



  • Blackish crown
  • Brown upperparts with black barring above
  • Brownish-white underparts
  • Long tail and bill


Caribbean: found only in Zapata Swamp of southwestern Cuba.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Marsh with seasonally flooded sawgrass, swampy brush.



Both adults build the nest which is a ball of saw-grass leaves, with a side entrance. It is lined with feathers and placed amongst the saw-grass. The clutch consists of at least 2 eggs which is incubated by the female alone.


The varied diet includes insects, caterpillars, spiders, lichen, seeds, beetles, slugs, snails and their eggs, lizards and frogs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/


  1. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2014)

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