Thrush-like Wren
(Campylorhynchus turdinus)

Thrush-like Wren, Linhares, Espírito Santo, Brazil, March 2004 - click for larger image Brazil

The Thrush-like Wren is distributed in the western and central areas of the Amazon Basin and into south-west Brazil with a disjunct population in eastern Brazil. It is found in humid forest and forest borders as well as secondary woodland provided there are some tall trees around.

Thrush-like Wren, Vila Bela de Santíssima Trindade, Brazil, March 2003 - click for larger image It is a large wren, dull grey above and whitish with grey spots below. The lower belly and crissum are ochraceous.

The first photo was taken in Espírito Santo and is of the nominate race. The second was taken in north-west Mato Grosso and, with its spots below is probably the Amazonian race, C. t. hypostictus rather than C. t. unicolor which is the sub-species generally found in western Mato Grosso.

It is usually heard before it is seen thanks to its very loud and explosive choruses. When seen, they are generally in small groups in the canopy.

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