Canyon Wren

Catherpes mexicanus
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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.

Female | Robert Shantz

Cliffs / boulders
Bird Sound Type: Trilling
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Canyon Wren
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: March 22, 2018
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Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Canyon Wren. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved March 22, 2018 from

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Dr. Biology. "Canyon Wren". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017.

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