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Today outside of Parker, AZ   Thanks for your help with ID.  Sorry for quality it was a long shot with 400 mm lens.  I think top of head might have been rusty color.

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Thanks friends.  Was hoping for a Canyon wren, it would have been a lifer for me....Ah well, next time.....

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Definitely a Rock Wren (a great bird too). Canyon Wrens have nice rufous underparts from the chest to the tail with a contrasting white throat, and they tend to have less of a white eyebrow. They also have a bit more compact shape like a nuthatch (particularly Pygmy or Brown-headed). The best thing that I've learned for finding them (aside from looking around rocky precipices and, in winter, lower slopes with wood piles) is to listen for their call note (https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/117326001) as they seem to make it incessantly when they're foraging for bugs / spiders. I think of it as a bit cricket-like... 

Or, at other times of the year, definitely listen out for their song, which is totally distinctive and one of my favorite bird noises (https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/117321341). 

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