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

Priorities for Future Research


Although locally common and well distributed within its range, the biology and natural history of the Canyon Wren have been little studied. Priorities for future research include basic information on life history, such as breeding biology and population biology. More research is needed on the population dynamics, including productivity, survivorship, and mortality. Information is needed about the effects of predation on nests, juveniles, or adults, or about other forms of mortality.

The habitat-relationships of the Canyon Wren are only understood in general terms. Future research could focus on nest-site selection, geological substrate preference and structure, and their role in habitat selection.

The taxonomy of this species at the subspecific level awaits a thorough investigation of plumage and morphology, including genetic sampling.

The migratory status of populations in the northern portion of the breeding range remains unclear.

The function of female song remains largely unstudied. Research is needed to determine how females learn to sing, the context in which they sing, and the amount of geographic variation in female song.

Virtually all that is reported in this account comes from a few studies conducted in the United States. Information is needed on the ecology and status of the Canyon Wren in Mexico to have a more complete understanding of this remarkable species.

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