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Mountain wren (Troglodytes solstitialis) PNYC San Alberto, Pasco, Peru. Nov 11, 2020 Geotagged,Mountain wren,Peru,Spring,Troglodytes solstitialis Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Mountain wren (Troglodytes solstitialis)

PNYC San Alberto, Pasco, Peru. Nov 11, 2020

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  1. I love wrens! They are so perky and charismatic creatures. Have you ever heard/read Aesop's fable about the eagle and the wren? It's about a competition among birds to see which one could fly the highest, with the winner being crowned the 'king of the birds'. The eagle flew the highest before tiring, but before it could declare victory, the wren popped out of the eagle's wings, flew a bit higher, and declared victory...thus proving that being clever is better than brute strength.

    Posted 23 days ago
    1. Ah no I'd never heard that one! Posted 23 days ago
    2. I had heard that one - bird folklore is an endlessly fascinating topic. Posted 22 days ago
      1. It is super interesting ;). My kids love hearing fables. Posted 20 days ago
  2. Stunning shot Thibaud

    Niel
    Posted 23 days ago
    1. Thanks Niel Posted 22 days ago
  3. Nice picture - I saw my first one of these in Ecuador last year. What amazes me about wrens: there is one species in Europe, 9 in North America, and almost 80 in South America! Pretty good evidence of where they evolved, I'd say. Posted 22 days ago
    1. Yes! It's one of my favorite cases of funny biogeography! What's interesting is that, after the gnatcatchers (at least 20 species - exclusively New World), the next two most closely related families are treecreepers, which have one species in North America and 9 in the Old World, and nuthatches, which have 4 species in North America and 24 in Eurasia, mainly in tropical Asia. Posted 20 days ago
      1. Great example. I often wonder at the limits as well. Obviously large oceans or mountain ranges will restrict distribution, but on the island of Hispaniola, the Palmchat (national bird of the Dominican Republic), a thrush-sized bird is not found on several nearby islands although it would appear to be strong enough to fly there and the habitat is very similar. Posted 20 days ago
        1. And it's its own family too! From what I read, it's part of a weird group, with waxwings, the silky flycatchers, the hypocolius and the hylocitrea (these last two each being their own family/subfamily). The palmchat is in Hispaniola, the hypocolius in Iran and the hylocitrea in Sulawesi, each alone today at the end of long evolutionary branches, which suggests there's been quite a bit of extinction. They might find some related fossils elsewhere in the Caribbean (or anywhere else) someday! Posted 20 days ago

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The mountain wren is a species of bird in the family Troglodytidae. It is found in the Andes or north-west Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and western Venezuela. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Thibaud Aronson
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Uploaded Apr 21, 2021. Captured Nov 11, 2020 09:37 in Oxapampa, Peru.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/8.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO6400
  • 299mm