photographs by Douglas Herr
Troglodytidae: Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)

28 Janurary 2022
Placer County California
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21 Janurary 2022
Placer County California
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10 Februrary 2019
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10 Janurary 2018
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17 Feburary 2013
Placer County California
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September 2011
Rock Wren

Field identification tips: A tiny drab brown songbird with seemingly boundless energy flitting among boulders in search of spiders and insects. Typical of wrens, the Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) has a thin pointed bill and short wings; S. obsoletus is gray-brown above flecked with tiny white spots, whitish throat with fine streaks and buffy sides; fine bars on the tail contrast with a dark subterminal band. Under tail coverts have bold bars. Sexes are similar.

Typical range: In North America, this species breeds in the western mountains and deserts from southern Canada through Mexico, moving downslope or somewhat southward for the winter.

Habitat: S obsoletus is a bird of rocky areas or boulder fields interspersed with vegetation, especially rocky slopes. This species can often be observed perched on top of rocks.

Rock Wren habitat, Placer County California

all photographs Copyright (C) Douglas Herr
last updated 30 January 2022