Living Bird Magazine
Rock WrenSalpinctes obsoletus
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Troglodytidae
A pale gray bird of rocky areas, the Rock Wren is found throughout arid western North America.More ID Info
- Saltapared de Rocas (Spanish)
- Troglodyte des rochers (French)
- Cool Facts
- The male Rock Wren is a truly remarkable singer and can have a large song repertoire of 100 or more song types, many of which seem to be learned from neighbors.
- The Rock Wren usually builds a pavement or walkway of small, flat stones or pebbles that leads to the nest cavity. The nest is usually located in a rock crevice out of sight, but the pavement may give away the nest's location. The function of this pavement is unknown.
- The Rock Wren is not known to drink water, but instead gets all it needs from its food. Even a few birds kept in captivity did not drink water when it was available.