Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Band-backed Wren (Campylorhynchus zonatus) - HBW 10, p. 407

French: Troglodyte zoné German: Tigerzaunkönig Spanish: Cucarachero Barrado
Other common names: Band-backed/Banded Cactus-wren, Barred Wren/Cactus-wren

Taxonomy: Picolaptes zonatus Lesson, 1832, “California”; error = Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico.
Has been thought to form a superspecies with C. albobrunneus, C. nuchalis and C. fasciatus. Sometimes considered conspecific with first of those, and may hybridize with it in S Colombia; proposed race aenigmaticus (from Nariño, in SW Colombia) is possibly a hybrid between them. Believed by some to be possibly closely related also to C. megalopterus; ranges overlap but no evidence of interbreeding. Proposed race panamensis (described from WC Panama) very similar to, and intergrading with, costaricensis, considered better merged with latter. Sev.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Picolaptes zonatus Lesson, 1832, “California”; error = Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico.
Has been thought to form a superspecies with C. albobrunneus, C. nuchalis and C. fasciatus. Sometimes considered conspecific with first of those, and may hybridize with it in S Colombia; proposed race aenigmaticus (from Nariño, in SW Colombia) is possibly a hybrid between them. Believed by some to be possibly closely related also to C. megalopterus; ranges overlap but no evidence of interbreeding. Proposed race panamensis (described from WC Panama) very similar to, and intergrading with, costaricensis, considered better merged with latter. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • zonatus (Lesson, 1832) - E Mexico (Puebla, Veracruz).
  • restrictus (Nelson, 1901) - S Mexico (S Veracruz, N Oaxaca) S to Guatemala and Belize.
  • vulcanius (Brodkorb, 1940) - S Mexico (Chiapas) S to Nicaragua.

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  • zonatus (Lesson, 1832) - E Mexico (Puebla, Veracruz).
  • restrictus (Nelson, 1901) - S Mexico (S Veracruz, N Oaxaca) S to Guatemala and Belize.
  • vulcanius (Brodkorb, 1940) - S Mexico (Chiapas) S to Nicaragua.
  • costaricensis Berlepsch, 1888 - Caribbean slope of Costa Rica S to WC Panama.
  • curvirostris Ridgway, 1888 - Santa Marta region of N Colombia.
  • brevirostris Lafresnaye, 1845 - N Colombia (except Santa Marta) to NW Ecuador.
  • imparilis Borrero & Hernández, 1958 - NE Colombian lowlands.