Catherpes mexicanus
(Canyon Wren)


Order: Passeriformes
Order Description: Passerines
Family: Troglodytidae
Family Description: Wrens

Physical Description:
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:
Song is distinct, downward spiraling notes, slowing at end.

Distribution:
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.

Habitat:
Found (usually in arid regions) on cliffs, steep-sided canyons, rocky outcrops, and boulder piles. Also found in towns, around houses and barns, and on old stone buildings.

Diet:
Feeds on insects and spiders.

Ecology:
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.

Reproduction:
Female incubatesClick word for definition 5-6 eggs (sometimes 4-8). Male provides female's food during incubation. Young are altricialClick word for definition.

Conservation:
Element Code: ABPBG04010
Status: Protected nongame species
Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5,NTMB
National Rank: N5

Important State References:
No references are available at this time.


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Written by Jason Karl, 2000.