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Sinaloa Wren (Thryothorus sinaloa), Santa Gertrudis Lane, Santa Cruz County

This Sinaloa Wren was found by independently by Bill Lisowsky and Steven Bonta on 01 January 2018 and photographed by Bill Lisowsky, Rob Woodward, and Steven Bonta on the same date.

~4 accepted records for the state, some birds disappearing for months before apparently reappearing, making actual number of records difficult to determine. Though this species had previous been seen a few miles away in Tubac, this is a new location for the species. 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. 

Separated from similar species by the large bill, black and white streaking at the rear of the auriculars and rusty tail contrasting with the brownish back.  Ratchet call was heard as well.


01 January 2018, photo by Bill Lisowsky


01 January 2018, photo by Rob Woodward


01 January 2018, photo by Steven Bonta

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Submitted on 02 January 2018

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