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Rock Wren

Salpinctes obsoletus

Rock Wren
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 6 in. (15 cm)
This wren occurs on arid hillside with boulders, canyons and cliff faces. Its nest is in a hole or niche among rocks. Food is principally insects and other small invertebrates gleaned from the base of rocks and low vegetation. A single male can sing more than 100 recognizable song variations. The four-digit banding code is ROWR.

Cliffs / boulders
Cliffs / boulders

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