Bewick’s Wren

Scientific Name: Thryomanes bewickii

Sound: The Bewick’s Wren has a beautiful voice. Its song is a variation of whistles and trills sung by the male at nesting time when he uses song to defend his and his mates nesting territory.

Nesting:The nest is placed in a natural cavity, old woodpecker hole, or a nest box. It is constructed of sticks, leaves, moss, spider egg cases, hair, and feathers, and is often lined with snake skin. The 3-8 eggs are incubated for 14-16 days, and are white and lightly speckled.

Habitat: Bewick’s Wrens live in shrubby areas around rivers, wetlands, and other riparian places. These wrens can also be found in urban and suburban parks. The Bewick’s Wren especially likes chaparral, and planting it in your yard is a good way to attract them. Bewick’s Wrens also live in gardens, clearings, and orchards, and like thick undergrowth.

Diet: The Bewick’s Wren eats mainly insects and spiders. These Wrens occasionally eat seeds and eat a variety of arthropods. Bewick’s Wrens are foragers. They glean insects of the leaves of trees and shrubs, and forage on the ground for insects as well.

Behavior: Like many other wrens, Bewick’s Wrens are often seen with their tails cocked upward. They forage for insects in the lower branches of trees and shrubs.

Description/field marks: The Bewick’s Wren is a fairly plain bird as for looks. It has a white supercilium, its breast and underside is grayish white, and its back, wings, and head are brown. Bewick’s Wrens are about 4 inches long, and has a long, thin, slightly turned down bill.

How to attract: To attract Bewick’s Wrens plant golden current, scrub oak, and mountain mahogany. Any shrubs you plant in your garden will also help attract these wrens.

Bewick's Wren

Bewick's Wren

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