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Sepia-brown wren (Cinnycerthia olivascens)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Genus: Cinnycerthia
Lesson, 1844
Type species
Cinnycerthia cinnamomea[1]
Lesson, 1844

Cinnycerthia is a genus of bird in the wren family, Troglodytidae. It contains four species which inhabit the undergrowth of montane forests in the Andes.[2] None of them are considered to be threatened with extinction and they are classified as species of Least Concern by BirdLife International.[3] They are 14–16.5 cm long and have a fairly short bill and fairly plain reddish-brown plumage with dark bars on the wings and tail.[2] The name of the genus is a combination of Cinnyris, a genus of sunbirds, and Certhia, a genus of treecreepers.[4]

Species list

The genus contains the following species:[5]

The sepia-brown and fulvous wrens were formerly treated as subspecies of the Peruvian wren.[6]


  1. ^ "Troglodytididae". The Trust for Avian Systematics. Retrieved 2023-07-15.
  2. ^ a b Ridgely, Robert S. and Guy Tudor (1994) The Birds of South America, volume 2: the Suboscine Passerines, University of Texas Press.
  3. ^ BirdLife International. Cinnycerthia. Accessed 8 November 2011.
  4. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010) Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names, 2nd ed., Christopher Helm, London.
  5. ^ Gill, F. and D. Donsker, eds. (2011): Sugarbirds, Starlings, Thrushes Archived March 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, IOC World Bird Names (Version 2.10). Accessed 8 November 2011.
  6. ^ Remsen, J. V., Jr., C. D. Cadena, A. Jaramillo, M. Nores, J. F. Pacheco, J. Pérez-Emán, M. B. Robbins, F. G. Stiles, D. F. Stotz and K. J. Zimmer (2011) Vireonidae to Sturnidae, A classification of the bird species of South America, American Ornithologists' Union. Accessed 8 November 2011.

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