photo by Phil Swanson
L 5″ (13 cm).
Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)
Song is series of loud, rapid, reedy notes and liquid rattles. Call is sharp “chick-chick.”
Description: Sexes similar. Dark brown above, with a solid brown crown and a black triangle on upper back that is streaked with white; bold white eyeline; and underparts that are mostly whitish, may have buffy belly and undertail coverts.
Behavior: Sings day and night during the breeding season.
Habitat: Primarily found in freshwater marshes with extensive tall emergent vegetation such as bulrushes and cattails. Will also nest along banks of slowly flowing brackish tidal marshes.
Where in Nebraska: Common spring and fall migrant across the state, and locally common summer resident north of the Platte River.
Fun Facts: Sings throughout the day and night
Additional Information: Formerly known as the Long-billed Marsh Wren.