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Canyon Wren

Catherpes mexicanus

Canyon Wren
copyright Brian Small
Length: 6 in. (15 cm)
Often hard to see, only its beautiful song echoing against cliffs and steep boulders shows how common the Canyon Wren is. It prefers open dry or semi-dry areas with little or low vegetation. Here it hops into small niches and atop rocks as it searches for insects. The small cup-nest is placed in a small dark cave among rocks and is made of moss, leaves and spider webbing. The four-digit banding code is CNWR.

Cliffs / boulders
Cliffs / boulders

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Male
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