Canyon Wren Catherpes mexicanus Scientific name definitions

Stephanie L. Jones, Joseph Scott Dieni, Nathanial B. Warning, David Leatherman, Lorraine Dargis, and Lauryn Benedict
Version: 2.0 — Published January 6, 2023

Movements and Migration

Dispersal and Site Fidelity

Natal Philopatry and Dispersal

Information needed.

Adult Fidelity to Breeding Site

Territories of adults appear to be held across seasons. In the Front Range of Colorado, one male color-banded in 1993 sang in response to playback song recordings in the same location through the winter of 1994 (SLJ, JSD), and another pair was observed to maintain a territory across years, from 2011 to 2012 (NW, LB).

Migration Overview

Sedentary species, generally considered nonmigratory. Some individuals may withdraw in winter from high elevations and may wander locally during winter (68). Individuals may roam far out along desert washes in Arizona, especially after heavy mountain snows (60).

Recommended Citation

Jones, S. L., J. S. Dieni, N. B. Warning, D. Leatherman, L. Dargis, and L. Benedict (2023). Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (P. G. Rodewald, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.canwre.02