Canyon Wren

Scientific name: Catherpes mexicanus

With one of the most distinctive songs in North America, the Canyon Wren can be easily recognized when heard. Canyon Wrens are widespread but local in the western U.S., and they occupy inaccessible cliffs and rocky slopes, and so can be difficult to study or even to see well.

Canyon Wrens have short legs and large feet to help them move easily on rocky cliffs. Pairs remain together year-round, and both parents help feed the young.