Canyon Wren

Catherpes mexicanus

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Basic Information

Order

Passeriformes

Family

Troglodytidae

Size

Canyon Wrens are between 4.2 and 5.9 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 6 years

Weight

Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus) facts, habitat, range, wren pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the songbird.

Diet

Canyon Wrens eat mainly insects.

Behavior

Ground Forager

Range

Western U.S. - Texas

Nest Placement

Cliff

Number of Offspring

2–6 Eggs

Egg Description

White with dark reddish spots

Condition at Hatching

Feeble, naked, pink skin, eyes closed

Social Status

Solitary, Pairs

Wingspan

7.4-7.75 in

Observation Tips

Canyon Wrens are common along trails in Zion National Park.

What does the Canyon Wren look like?

Canyon Wrens are a delight to birders. These small songbirds are brown overall with small dark black specks, they have white throats, barred rufous red tails, and long slim downward curved bills.

Canyon Wren Habitat

Mountains

Canyon Wren Facts

Canyon Wrens are common in the arid southwestern U.S. They are notoriously hard to spot as they blend into sandstone cliffs extremely well. Hikers often hear their unique, loud musical song well before laying eyes on them. They are highly adapted for gleaning insects out of tight crevices and appear to satisfy all of their water needs through food intake.

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