Canyon Wren

Catherpes mexicanus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Code 4

CANW

Code 6

CAPMEX

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Canyon Wren is a bird species that is native to the United States, Mexico and Canada. This bird has a range of more than 4 million square kilometers. The population of the Canyon Wren is thought to be more than 600,000 individual birds. The Canyon Wren was previously evaluated as Lower Risk. Today, this bird species is rated as Least Concern due to any immediate evidence that its range or population or in danger.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Canyon Wren: Medium wren with rust-brown upperparts, fine white spots on gray-brown back, nape, and crown, white throat and breast, and chestnut belly. Tail is long and brown with thin black bars. Head has a flattened appearance; bill is long, slender, and slightly decurved.

 

Range and Habitat

Canyon Wren: Resident from extreme southern British Columbia southward through Pacific and Rocky Mountain states to Baja California and much of the Mexican interior, eastward to southwestern South Dakota and central Texas. Preferred habitats include cliffs, canyons, rocky outcrops, and boulder piles.

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Canyon Wren SONGS AND CALLS

Canyon Wren A1

High-pitched calls from a fledged bird.

Canyon Wren A2

Alarm calls from a female near the nest.

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Voice Text

"peup, peup, peup tew tew tew tew tew mew", "jeet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Its long bill and flat head enable it to reach deep into crevices to find prey.
  • 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.
  • A group of wrens has many collective nouns, including a "chime", "flight", "flock", and "herd" of wrens.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X