Carolina Wren

photo by Phil Swanson

Thryothorus ludovicianus
L 5 1/2″ (14 cm).

Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)

Loud, clear “teakettle teakettle teakettle,” or “cheery cheery cheery.”

Description: Sexes similar. Dark rusty-brown above; warm buff below; white throat; two thin white wing bars; and prominent white eyeline.

Behavior: Sings at any time of the day or year.

Bird Map
Habitat: Found in riverbottom forests, forest edges, cultivated areas with brush piles, and suburban parks and gardens.

Where in Nebraska: Uncommon permanent resident in extreme southeastern Nebraska. Range contracts after severe winters, gradually expanding during a series of mild winters.

Field Notes: Essentially nonmigratory.

Fun Facts: Carolina Wrens form pair bonds at any point during the year and mate for life. They maintain and forage on territories together all year round.

Carolina Wren - photo by Phil Swanson Carolina Wren - photo by Phil Swanson
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