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 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.

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.

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

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.