Cabanis's wren

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Cabanis's wren
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Genus: Cantorchilus
Species: C. modestus
Binomial name
Cantorchilus modestus
(Cabanis, 1861)

Thryothorus modestus

Cabanis's wren (Cantorchilus modestus) is a species of bird in the Troglodytidae family. It is found in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. It was considered conspecific with the canebrake wren and the isthmian wren, together called the plain wren. It is considered as a distinct species because of different vocalizations and genetic divergence.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and heavily degraded former forest.


Cabanis's wren is a small, drab wren measuring 13 cm (5.1 in) in length.[2] It has a brown back, buffy flanks, white underparts and throat and wide white supercilium. The eye is red.

It has a loud 4-syllable song.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Cantorchilus modestus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Garrigues, Richard; Dean, Robert (2007). The Birds of Costa Rica. Ithaca: Zona Tropical/Comstock/Cornell University Press. p. 240. ISBN 978-0-8014-7373-9.