Sinaloa Wren (Thryothorus sinaloa), Huachuca Canyon, Cochise County
This Sinaloa Wren was discovered by Ron Beck on 02
September 2013 and photographed by Charles W. Melton on 03
and 30 September 2013.
Sound recordings were made on 02 September 2013 by Janet
Cunningham and Joe Woodley.
Potential third US record. The only previous records of this species for the ABA area are the long staying bird in Patagonia, AZ in 2008-09 and a second bird at nearly this location in Huachuca Canyon in 2009. This species is essentially a west Mexican endemic. It is regular in central Sonora and is reported to be expanding its range northward so that it now can apparently be found within 30 miles of the US border.
This is a very dull immature which lacks the characteristic black and white steaks at the side of the neck although a hint of them can be seen. In addition, the rusty tail does not contrast as much with the back as in an adult. However, Bewick's Wren would have a thinnner bill and a longer eyeline. Fortunately, the song of this species is diagnostic and the recordings confirm the ID.
The most recent photo at the bottom shows the bird after completing molt and now the rusty tail and streaks and the rear of the auriculars are more obvious.
Song Recording by Janet Cunningham, 02 September 2013:
Sinaloa Wren, song, Huachuca Canyon
Ratchet Call recording by Joe Woodley"
Sinaloa Wren, ratchet call, Huachua Canyon
03 September 2013, photo by Charles W. Melton
30 September 2013, photo by Charles W. MeltonAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 03 September 2013