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Canyon wren        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The canyon wren is common in rocky canyons and cliffsides throughout much of the western USA.   It has a flattish head, a bright white breast that contrasts sharply with rusty-red plumage, and a very long downcurved bill.   It also has one of the prettiest and most characteristic of western bird calls, a rapid series of sweet whistled notes, falling in pitch.   These birds were in Two Trees Canyon, near Riverside, California; all but the bottom image show adults.   More photos of canyon wrens are here.

  • Canon 10D, 7D, 1D Mk.II, or 1D4; 500 mm f4 IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens with 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2003, 2005, 2010, 2012)