Winter Wren

photo by Phil Swanson

Troglodytes troglodytes
L 4″ (10 cm). Sexes similar.

Song or calls:
Song is rapid series of trills, much higher than House Wren. Call is explosive “chimp-chimp.”

Description: Reddish-brown above; buffy below; barred above and below, with heavier barring on belly; indistinct light eye-line; and a stubby tail.

Bird Map

Habitat: Usually found among dense ravine thickets along streams, but also occurs in suburban gardens, parks, and other habitats.

Where in Nebraska: Uncommon spring and fall migrant and winter resident in eastern Nebraska, becoming rare westward. Winters locally, often near open water sources in southeast Nebraska.

Field Notes: Male often builds a dummy nest; a large, elaborate, domed structure with a side entrance. Thought to be a diversionary tactic against would-be nest predators.

Fun Facts: Winter Wrens often built more than one nest, possibly for roosting or additional breeding attempts.

Winter Wren - photo by Phil Swanson Winter Wren - photo by Phil Swanson
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