Living Bird Magazine
Canyon WrenCatherpes mexicanus
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Troglodytidae
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.More ID Info
- Cucarachero Barranquero (Spanish)
- Troglodyte des canyons (French)
- Cool Facts
- The vertebral column of the Canyon Wren is attached higher on the skull than it is on most birds. This modification, along with a slightly flattened skull, allows a foraging Canyon Wren to thrust its bill forward into tight crevices without bumping its head.
- The Canyon Wren can climb up, down, and across rocks. A low center of gravity, large feet, and sharp claws aid in such locomotion.
- The Canyon Wren is not known to drink water. It probably gets all the water it needs from its insect prey. It has been seen foraging along the sides of desert springs, but not drinking.
- The oldest recorded Canyon Wren was a female, and at least 4 years, 10 months old when she was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Arizona in 2015. She had been banded in the same state in 2011.