Canyon Wren

photo by Phil Swanson

Catherpes mexicanus
L 5 3/4″ (15 cm).

Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)

Descending series of clear, decelerating whistles: β€œtee-tee-tee-teer teer.” β€œZzeep” call.

Description: Sexes similar. Finely mottled brown above, with rust-colored rump and tail; pure white throat and breast; and finely streaked dark chestnut-brown belly. Flattened crown and long bill.

Habitat: Found in steep, shady canyons and cliffs, usually near water.

Where in Nebraska: Accidental. Three records, east to Knox County.

Field Notes: Has also adapted to human structures such as stone buildings and rock walls.

Fun Facts: Canyon Wrens do not drink water, they get their water from insects.