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House Wrens, Marsh Wrens

Subject: House Wrens, Marsh Wrens
From: Doug Von Gausig <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 10:33:15 -0700
At 10:13 AM 6/27/2003, Rich Peet wrote:
>Yes MN Marsh Wrens don't sound like western Marsh Wrens.
>On my first birding trip to CA I could not ID either a House Wren or
>a Marsh Wren. Western Marsh Wrens are much more like the Singer
>Sewing Machines than ours. For asthetics, I prefer our House and your

I have House Wren recordings from Colorado, Arizona, California, Texas and 
Costa Rica, all are different, but identifiable as House Wrens. This is a 
species that has lots of regional dialects and tons of "song types". Do you 
have a typical Minnesota House Wren you could post or send me to post?

Marsh Wrens are famously different in the west than in the eastern US - a 
case for future allopatric speciation (meaning they have evolved in 
different areas of the country, and the populations don't mix, usually due 
to physical barriers, like mountain ranges, etc.), I'm sure.

Doug Von Gausig
Clarkdale, Arizona, USA
Nature Recordists e-mail group

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