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The Mexican Wren

$ 480.00
John Cassin (1813-1869)
Plate 30, The Mexican Wren
From: Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1856
Paper dimensions: 7" x 10 ½”
Framed dimensions: 12 ¾” x 21"
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The Mexican Wren is a wren native to North America. At about 14 cm (5.5 in) long, it is grey-brown above, white below, with a long white eyebrow. The song of this bird is loud and melodious, much like the song of other wrens. The song is broken into two or three individual parts; one individual male may exhibit up to twenty-two different variations on the song pattern, and may even throw in a little ventriloquism to vary it even further. It lives in thickets, brush piles and hedgerows, open woodlands and scrubby areas, often near streams. It eats insects and spiders, which it gleans from vegetation or finds on the ground. Wrens are sometimes observed foraging with chickadees and other birds. Its range is from southern British Columbia, Nebraska, southern Ontario, and southwestern Pennsylvania.