Mérida wren
Cistothorus meridae

The Mérida wren (Cistothorus meridae ), or paramo wren, is a species of bird in the family Troglodytidae. It is endemic to Venezuela.


The Mérida wren is 10 cm (3.9 in) long. Adults have a medium brown crown and nape with darker brown streaks, blackish brown shoulders and upper back with off-white streaks, and a blackish and brown streaked rump. Their tail is medium brown with crisp black bars. They have an off-white supercilium that is wider to the rear, cheeks mottled with brown, and off-white chin and throat. Their chest is buffy and the flanks a darker buff.



Biogeographical realms

The Mérida wren is found in the Andes of Venezuela from Trujillo south to northeastern Táchira. It inhabits wet páramo with scattered bushes at elevations between 3,000 and 4,100 m (9,800 and 13,500 ft). It is mostly sedentary but may move altitudinally and is thought to leave some areas during the rainy season.

Mérida wren habitat map


Mérida wren habitat map
Mérida wren
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Diet and Nutrition

The Mérida wren forages low in the vegetation for arthropods; no details have been published.

Mating Habits

Very little is known about the Mérida wren's breeding phenology. It is polygamous and uses "dormitory" nests for roosting but not breeding.


Population number

The IUCN has assessed the Mérida wren as being of Least Concern. "Despite its small global range, the harsh nature of its habitat does not invite much human interference. Some areas of its range are protected."


1. Mérida wren Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mérida_wren
2. Mérida wren on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22711370/111065625
3. Xeno-canto bird call - https://xeno-canto.org/220669

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