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Wren-like Rushbird

From Opus

Phleocryptes melanops
Photo © by MomoLaguna Huarcapay, near Cusco, Peru, March 2006
Photo © by Momo
Laguna Huarcapay, near Cusco, Peru, March 2006


[edit] Identification

13.5–14.5 cm

  • Dark brown crown
  • Buffy supercilium
  • Brown back with whitish streaks
  • Brown tail
  • Brown wings with rufous patches
  • Buff-edged white throat and belly

Sexes similar

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies[1]

There are four subspecies:

An additional subspecies P.M. juninensis is not recognised by all authorities[1].

[edit] Habitat

Reedbeds, marshes, swamps, in both fresh and brackish water.

[edit] Behaviour

A quick, small shy bird.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects and other small invertebrates.

[edit] Breeding

A spherical nest is built and attached to reeds, with a side entrance near the top. Both adults incubate the eggs and rear the young.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  4. BF Member observations

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