The Rock Wren is a pale wren of arid rocky slopes and
canyons. They have the odd habit of leaving a thin trail of pebbles leading to
its nest in crevice or hole. The Rock Wren can have an amazing
array of songs. Residents of arid habitats, Rock Wrens are not known to
drink water, instead getting all required moisture through food items.
Habitat: Rocky slopes and outcrops, canyons, cliff walls, and
reservoir rip-rap, usually in arid locations.
Diet: Mostly insects.
Behavior: Forages on the ground, often probing
cracks and openings with its bill. Will also forage low in bushes or
Nesting: June and July
Migration: Populations in the
northern half of the western U.S. move southward in the fall. Southwestern
populations generally permanent residents.
Conservation Status: Generally stable
throughout its range, although some sources indicate a slight decline in recent
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Rock Wren"
Photo Information: July
5th, 2010 -- Badlands National Park in South Dakota - Terry Sohl