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Canyon Wren

Catherpes mexicanus ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: TROGLODYTIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Found throughout the arid mountain country and canyonlands of western North America, the Canyon Wren nests and feeds in narrow rock crevices. Often, it announces its presence by its beautiful and distinctive song, a loud cascade of musical whistles.

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Appearance

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small songbird.
  • Brown body.
  • White throat.
  • Bright rufous, barred tail.
  • Long, thin, decurved bill.

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to adult, but upperparts appear more textured and less spotted, and flanks lack barring.

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  • Adult

    Canyon Wren

    Adult
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Similar Species

  • Rock Wren is much paler, with a grayish brown back, a streaked breast, and a different voice.