Spot-breasted Wren

Beautiful Birds of Belize Blog – Post #20

By Jim Gain


  • Scientific Name: Pheugopedius maculipectus
  • Name in Spanish (Mexico): Saltapared Moteado
  • Name in Mayan: X ya’an kotil
  • ABA 4-Letter Bird Code: SOBW
  • Family: Troglodytidae – Wrens
  • Order: Passeriformes – Perching Birds
Spot-breasted Wren Image © Jim Gain

About this Species

The Spot-breasted Wren (Pheugopedius maculipectus) is a small, brown-colored bird that inhabits the dense undergrowth and thickets of the lowland forests of Belize. They have a distinctive white throat and breast speckled with small, dark spots, which gives them their name.

Spot-breasted Wren Image © Jim Gain

Spot-breasted Wrens are active, social birds that are often seen in pairs or small groups. They are known for their loud, musical songs and calls that can be heard throughout the forest. They feed on insects and other small invertebrates, which they forage for on the ground and in the lower levels of the vegetation.

Spot-breasted Wren Image © Jim Gain

Breeding season for the Spot-breasted Wren in Belize typically runs from March to August. During this time, males will perform elaborate courtship displays to attract a mate. The female will then construct a small, cup-shaped nest made from twigs, leaves, and other plant material. The female will lay 2-4 eggs, which she will incubate for about two weeks. Both parents will then feed and care for the chicks until they fledge at around 14 days old.

Spot-breasted Wren Image © Jim Gain

Overall, the Spot-breasted Wren is an important and charismatic species in the forests of Belize. Despite being relatively common, their populations have been affected by habitat loss and fragmentation, making it important to protect their remaining habitats to ensure their continued survival in the region.

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