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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Incertae sedis
Genus: Zeledonia
Ridgway, 1889
Species: Z. coronata
Binomial name
Zeledonia coronata
(Ridgway, 1889)

The wrenthrush or Zeledonia (Zeledonia coronata) is a unique species of nine-primaried oscine which is endemic to Costa Rica and western Panama.[2] Neither a wren nor a thrush (and unrelated to both), it has a short tail, rounded wings and elongated tarsi.

Wrenthrush in Central Highlands, Costa Rica

It is the only species in the genus Zeledonia, whose relations have been uncertain, but are now coming into focus. It is sometimes placed in its own family (which is supported by recent genetic data) or (erroneously) with the thrushes.[3] It is currently placed by some authorities in the New World warbler family, an arrangement which has also been shown to be incorrect via recent data.

The genus name commemorates José Castulo Zeledón, a Costa Rican ornithologist.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Zeledonia coronata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ BirdLife International (2011). "Species factsheet: Zeledonia coronata". Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Curson, Jon; Quinn, David; Beadle, David (1994). New World Warblers. London: Christopher Helm. p. 230. ISBN 0-7136-3932-6.