Description of the Canyon Wren
Seasonal change in appearance
Juveniles are similar to adults.
Canyon Wrens inhabit canyons, cliffs and rocky areas.
Canyon Wrens eat insects, and spiders.
Canyon Wrens forage on rocky cliffs, on the ground, and in dense vegetation.
Canyon Wrens are resident from southwestern Canada south to Mexico, including most of the western U.S. The population is not well measured, but appears stable
Bent Life History
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The shape of a bird's wing is often an indication of its habits and behavior. Fast flying birds have long, pointed wings. Soaring birds have long, broad wings. Different songbirds will have a slightly different wing shape. Some species look so much alike (Empidonax flycatchers) that scientists sometimes use the length of specific feathers to confirm a species' identification.
Wing images from the University of Puget Sound, Slater Museum of Natural History
The Canyon Wren’s song is one of the most popular with birders.
Unlike the Rock Wren, which is migratory in a large part of its range, Canyon Wrens are year-round residents.
The song is a cascade of melodic whistles, decreasing in frequency and ending with hissing notes.