from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wren of the genus Salpinctes, as S. obsoletus: so called from its habit of frequenting rocks.
- n. The barking-bird of South America, Hylactes tarni. The name is also given to other members of the family Pteroptochidæ. See cut under Scytalopus.
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A flash of wings sparkled in the air, a brave little voice challenged us cheerily, a pert tiny rock-wren flirted his tail and darted his wings and wanted to know what we were thinking of anyway to enter his especial territory.
It soon becomes evident that altitude has much to do with bird life, some, as the meadow-lark and blackbird never being found higher than the Lake shore, others at the intermediate elevations where the Alpine hemlock thrives, while still others, such as the rosy finch and the rock-wren, are found only on the highest and most craggy peaks.
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