rufous belly and tail, white throat, long bill (California, USA; 2011-02-23)

Canyon Wren
Catherpes mexicanus

Native Range: North America and Middle America

Notes: true to its name, this distinctive long-billed wren is usually found in canyons and rock outcrops in arid western regions of the continent; song a long cascading series of whistles ending with nasal hiss notes; no sexual dimorphism.

fanning its barred tail while singing (California, USA; 2011-02-23)

taking a sunbath in a rock crevice (California, USA; 2011-02-23)