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Chestnut-breasted Wren

Posted by Ian Ausprey on January 1, 2014 at 9:49 pm
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I spent the past four months working for a field research project studying the reproductive biology of tropical resident birds in the Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru (Manu Bird Project). One of my favorite songs from the cloud forest on the Manu Rd. is produced by the Chestnut-breasted Wren (Cyphorhinus thoracicus – closely related to its low elevation counterpart Musician Wren), and I frequently heard males singing their beautiful mix of melodic tones and buzzes while searching for nests. This photo was taken while the adult was provisioning its single nestling. Note the lovely mossy dome nest. The nestling would fledge successfully within the next week.

I took the photo with the Canon EF-400L lens and Xsi body with tripod near San Pedro off the Manu Rd. in Peru.