Wrens and More

canyon wren
So what did you guess? All of these birds eat insects so they have that in common. Three of these birds are wrens and one is a warbler. Did you guess the warbler was the one with the shorter straighter bill? Wrens have a long slightly curved beak to pry insects from the cracks in rocks and tree bark.

Three kinds of wrens are pictured: Rock Wren, House Wren, and Canyon Wren. The first two are summer residents of Bandelier while the latter is a year around occupant. Wrens spend a lot of time flying and hunting near the ground while warblers are more likely to grab an insect in mid air. The warbler pictured is a Yellow-Rumped Warbler or Butter Butt due to the distinct yellow patches on their posterior.

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wrens with identification
baby canyon wren with cranefly

Last updated: November 22, 2020

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