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Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii


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Bewick's Wren
credit:  Minette Layne/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Troglodytidae, Wrens view all from this family

Description ADULT Has brown upperparts overall, unmarked except on tail, which is barred and has white outer tips. Underparts are grayish white, palest on throat and with rufous wash on rear of flanks. JUVENILE Similar to adult.

Dimensions Length: 5 1/2" (14 cm)

Habitat Mostly a fairly common, but declining, resident of woods with clearings and thickets, and mature gardens; northern birds move south in winter.

Observation Tips Listen for the song.

Range Northwest, California, Texas, Florida, Plains, Great Lakes, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Southeast, Western Canada, Eastern Canada, Mid-Atlantic

Voice Song comprises a series of wheezy, rasping notes, ending in a trill; calls include various harsh, raspy notes.

Discussion Well-marked wren with a striking pale supercilium. Rather long tail has white outer tips and is often cocked. Forages for insects and spiders among foliage and on ground, as well as in dense cover. Regional variation exists in plumage (palest and grayest in southwestern birds, outside range of this book) and variation also occurs within populations in same area; eastern ssp. bewickii is described here. Sexes are not separable.