Band-backed Wren

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Campylorhynchus zonatus

Band-backed Wren

The Band-backed Wren is a large, noisy wren that is usually found in groups at middle to high levels in trees. They have a very distinctive plumage, with rusty belly, boldly spotted breast and a boldly banded back.

Adults are about 6.5 inches long and weigh about 29 grams.

They have a brown-gray crown, black nape, and the rest of the upperparts and tail are heavily barred with black, tawny and white. Breast and throat are white, heavily spotted with black, and the belly is cinnamon.

Young birds have duller upperparts and off-white to buff underparts.

CALL: A short rasping "zek" call. 

SONG: A mix of dry chatters, splutters and gurgles.

Eats mainly insects, spiders and other invertebrates.

Breeds in lowlands and foothills from sea level up to 1700 m altitude in thinned forest or open woodland, scrub, second growth and groves around houses.

It mainly occurs on the Caribbean side of the Central American mountain ranges.

Their nest is large and spherical shaped with a side entrance which is constructed 2 - 30 meters high in a tree or shrub. It is often hidden amidst bromeliads.

The female lays 3 - 5 unmarked or lightly brown eggs and incubates them for about 2 weeks.


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