French: Troglodyte des cactus German: Kaktuszaunkönig Spanish: Cucarachero desértico
California; error = Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
C. b. couesi
Sharpe, 1882 – #RS USA (S Nevada, SW Utah, S Arizona, S New Mexico, S Texas) and NW & NC Mexico (N Sonora, N & E Chihuahua, N Coahuila).
C. b. sandiegensis
Rea, 1986 – extreme SW USA (coastal S California) and NW Baja California.
C. b. bryanti
(Anthony, 1894) – W coast of Baja California (between 31° N and 29°30’ N).
C. b. purus
(van Rossem, 1930) – both coasts of Baja California between c. 29° N and 25° N.
C. b. seri
(van Rossem, 1932) – Tiburón I, in Gulf of California.
C. b. affinis
Xántus, 1860 – S Baja California (S from 25° N).
C. b. brunneicapillus
(Lafresnaye, 1835) – NW Mexico (C Sonora S to C Sinaloa).
C. b. guttatus
(Gould, 1837) – C Mexican Plateau from Nuevo León S to N Michoacán, México and W Hidalgo.
18–19 cm; 33·4–46·9 g. Nominate race has supercilium white, ear-coverts streaked dark grey and white, crown unmarked chocolate-brown with rufescent... read more
Song a series of harsh “jar-jar-jar” notes. Alarm a low buzz, also a repeated staccato... read more
Semi-desert of various vegetational types, including Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts. Requires the... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly animal matter, including hymenopterans (ants, wasps), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), spiders (Araneae) and other arthropods, also small... read more
Egg-laying from Feb, less often Jan, in USA (Arizona), later at high elevations; up to six broods may be attempted, usually only two or... read more
Almost entirely sedentary; of 126 recoveries of ringed individuals, only one showed any movement,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common to abundant over much of its range. Has shown itself to be adaptable; can survive well in very degraded or modified habitats (e.g.... read more
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