5 1/2-5 3/4" (14-15 cm). A small wren with a dark rufous-brown belly contrasting with a white throat and breast; fine black and white speckling above; very long, slightly downcurved bill.
Similar Species- Rock Wren
Song is distinct, downward spiraling notes, slowing at end.
South of Lewiston through the Snake River Plain. Resident from central coastal California and south-central British Columbia, east to southwestern South Dakota, and south to central Texas and southern Mexico.
Feeds on insects and spiders.
Nests in situations such as rocky outcrops, human-built structures, and caves. Forages on ground, frequently around rocks, or takes food from foliage. Little is known about ecology.
Female incubates 5-6 eggs (sometimes 4-8). Male provides female's food during incubation. Young are altricial.
|Status:||Protected nongame species|
No references are available at this time.