photo by Phil Swanson
L 5 1/4″ (13 cm).
Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)
Song is a variable high, thin buzz and warble. Calls include a flat, hollow “chip.”
Description: Sexes similar. Unpatterned warm brown above; white to grayish-white below; distinct long white eyestripe; white outer tips of tail feathers are conspicuous when the tail is fanned.
Behavior: Unique habit of slowly flicking the tail sideways.
Habitat: Found in open woodlands, brushy habitats, farmsteads, and towns. In the eastern part of their range they overlap with the House Wren in their habitats.
Where in Nebraska: Uncommon or rare spring and fall migrant and summer resident in southwestern Nebraska.
Status: Populations are sharply declining east of the Rockies, especially in areas east of the Mississippi.
Field Notes: Western birds are much grayer.
Fun Facts: Bewick’s Wren males learn their song while they still live within its parents territory but learns to mimick the neighboring males song. That song becomes their song for their whole life.