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Bewick’s Wren

Thryomanes bewickii

The Bewick’s Wren is a western bird that lives in thickets, open woodlands and scrubby areas, often near streams. Their appearance most closely resembles the Carolina Wren of the east. In past times, the Bewick’s Wren ranged over most of North America. Scientists believe that the rapid expansion of the House Wren is responsible for the decline of the Bewick’s Wren, which now is relegated to lands west of the Mississippi Valley.

Science recognises as many as 20 subspecies of Bewick’s Wrens, two island members of this tribe are extinct due to overgrazing by sheep and goats. In San Diego County, where I’m from, T. b. correctus is the expected subspecies, while in eastern California T. b. eremophilus is expected. In fact there are seven subspecies named for California alone. Some subspecies have been described as grayer (SW California), or more reddish-brown (eastern populations), or browner (Pacific coast). Call notes and other vocalizations have also been described to differentiate the subspecies.

While visiting Texas I briefly met the Bewick’s Wren, but I failed to capture any images.

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