Wrens (Troglodytidae)

White-bellied Wren (Uropsila leucogastra) - HBW 10, p. 441

French: Troglodyte à ventre blanc German: Weißbauch-Zaunkönig Spanish: Cucarachero Ventriblanco
Other common names: Gould’s Wren

Taxonomy: Troglodytes leucogastra Gould, 1837, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Different authorities have suggested that this species should be placed variously in Troglodytes, Henicorhina or Thryothorus; in absence of convicing argument, however, it is currently retained in its own monotypic genus. Population from S Quintana Roo to C Belize and N Honduras may be separable as race australis, with hawkinsi (Coyoles, Honduras) a synonym. Proposed race grisescens (E Mexico) apparently based on soot-discoloured specimens, and thus doubtfully valid. Six subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pacifica (Nelson, 1897) - W Mexico (Colima, Michoacán, Guerrero).
  • leucogastra (Gould, 1837) - lowlands of E Mexico (S Tamaulipas and E San Luis Potosí S to N Oaxaca).
  • centralis A. R. Phillips, 1986 - S Mexico from N Puebla E to C Veracruz.

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  • pacifica (Nelson, 1897) - W Mexico (Colima, Michoacán, Guerrero).
  • leucogastra (Gould, 1837) - lowlands of E Mexico (S Tamaulipas and E San Luis Potosí S to N Oaxaca).
  • centralis A. R. Phillips, 1986 - S Mexico from N Puebla E to C Veracruz.
  • musica (Nelson, 1903) - S Mexico (NE Oaxaca, Tabasco, N Chiapas).
  • restricta A. R. Phillips, 1986 - SE Mexico (N Yucatán).
  • brachyura (Lawrence, 1887) - C & S Yucatán Peninsula (S to Guatemala and Belize) and N Honduras.
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