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Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
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Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)

General Description: These little gray birds are the common wren of the desert. They are gray with a long bill and often stand atop a boulder and bob up and down before flying off. If you get a good look, note the rusty rump, the fine streaks on the breast, and the slight eyeline. As they fly away, watch for the buffy band at the end of the tail.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Troglodytidae.

Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)

Where to Find: Rock Wrens are the most common species of wren in the desert around Las Vegas, but true to the name, they usually are found among the rocks. Rocky outcrops and cliffs at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area are good places to find Rock Wrens.

Comments:

Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) If you were a tasty bug or a little caterpillar, this might be the last face you ever see!
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
Notice the long bill, gray color on the head and back, and barred tail
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
Rock Wren; notice the banded tail
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
Typical view: bird atop a rock
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
Typical view
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
Rock Wren found dead after a very cold winter night
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
Buffy tail band is often the only field mark seen as the bird flies
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
Rock Wren eating a small scorpion
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
Rock Wren eating a small scorpion
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
Rock Wren eating a small scorpion
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
Rock Wren eating a small scorpion
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
Rock Wren eating a small scorpion
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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