photo by Phil Swanson
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.
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.