Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis), Humboldt Canyon, off Flux Cayon, Patagonia Hills, Santa Cruz County
This Winter Wren was
discovered and photographed by Alan Schmierer on 30 October 2010
Winter Wren in North America was recently split into two species. The
western form is now called Pacific Wren and the eastern form retains the name
Winter Wren. Pacific Wren is rare but regular in winter in Arizona.
The status of Winter Wren remains unclear. It has been reported about once
a year for the last decade and three were documented last year on the AZFO site.
Now that it has been designated a separate species, more reports will hopefully
be forthcoming that will clarify its status.
The two species
formerly known as Winter Wren are best separated by vocalization (see
but they do differ visually as well. Note especially the pale coloration on the
throat and breast, which separates this Winter Wren from the darker Pacific Wren
30 October 2010, photo by Alan SchmiererAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 30 October 2010