Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) - HBW 10, p. 418

French: Troglodyte de Caroline German: Carolinazaunkönig Spanish: Cucarachero de Carolina
Other common names: Mocking Wren

Taxonomy: Sylvia ludoviciana Latham, 1790, Louisiana.
Traditionally placed in present genus as its only North American representative; recent DNA work, however, suggests that it may be more closely allied with Thryomanes. Often considered to include T. albinucha as a geographically disjunct race, a view supported by recent observations of similarities in song. Proposed race oberholseri (occurring in CS Texas and possibly adjacent parts of Mexico) rather puzzling, said to be more rufescent than lomitensis but plumage is variable; perhaps a variant of latter and probably not worthy of recognition. Seven subspecies recog.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Sylvia ludoviciana Latham, 1790, Louisiana.
Traditionally placed in present genus as its only North American representative; recent DNA work, however, suggests that it may be more closely allied with Thryomanes. Often considered to include T. albinucha as a geographically disjunct race, a view supported by recent observations of similarities in song. Proposed race oberholseri (occurring in CS Texas and possibly adjacent parts of Mexico) rather puzzling, said to be more rufescent than lomitensis but plumage is variable; perhaps a variant of latter and probably not worthy of recognition. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ludovicianus (Latham, 1790) - SE Canada (S Ontario, irregularly E to S Quebec) and E USA (S Wisconsin and New England S to Texas and N Florida).
  • miamensis Ridgway, 1875 - Florida S from c. 30° S.
  • nesophilus Stevenson, 1973 - Dog I, off NW Florida.

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  • ludovicianus (Latham, 1790) - SE Canada (S Ontario, irregularly E to S Quebec) and E USA (S Wisconsin and New England S to Texas and N Florida).
  • miamensis Ridgway, 1875 - Florida S from c. 30° S.
  • nesophilus Stevenson, 1973 - Dog I, off NW Florida.
  • burleighi Lowery, 1940 - islands of Cat, Ship and Horn, off Mississippi coast.
  • lomitensis Sennett, 1890 - Texas and extreme NE Mexico (N Tamaulipas).
  • berlandieri S. F. Baird, 1858 - NE Mexico (E Coahuila, Nuevo León, SW Tamaulipas).
  • tropicalis Lowery & Newman, 1949 - NE Mexico (E San Luis Potosí, S Tamaulipas).