Musician Wren (Cyphorhinus arada)

Musician Wren

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Troglodytidae | [latin] Cyphorhinus arada | [UK] Musician Wren | [FR] Troglodyte musicien | [DE] Orpheus-Zaunkonig | [ES] Soterrey canoro | [NL] Orpheuswinterkoning


Monotypic species


Physical charateristics

Forehead rufous, crown and nape chestnut. Buff faint eyestripe, black collar with white stripes extending to back. Back, wings and tail reddish brown with black bars on wings. Throat and breast orange rufous with the belly buff. The sexes are alike, bill greyish white. This bird is very famous for its melodious and pleasant singing. It is considered one of the most beautiful singers of the forest. Nevertheless, the belief that this bird sings just once a year, silencing all the other birds, is untrue. In Suirname the song is considered a bad omen for hunters.

Listen to the sound of Musician Wren

[audio: Wren.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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broods: 2   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 4  


South America : Amazonia


Found in the interior of rainforest it prefers the undergrowth.


The nest is a domed ball with a side entrance mad out of dry ground. It is placed low above ground in dense shrub. Clutch probably 2-4 eggs.

Feeding habits

This species forages in pairs, mainly on the ground searching for insects. Also hunts low above ground in the undergrowth.


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
It is found in Bolivia , Brazil , Colombia , Ecuador , French Guiana (br) , Guyana , Peru , Suriname and Venezuela
Musician Wren status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Musician Wren distribution range map

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