4-4 1/2" (10-11 cm). Stubby, little brown wren with a short tail usually held erect. Darker brown baring and white specks both above and below.
Similar Species- House Wren
Rapid, high-pitched, incessant warbling.
Resident from southern Alaska, east across portions of Canada to Labrador, and south to central California, Idaho, Minnesota, southern Appalachians, and New Jersey. Winters from southern part of breeding range, south to southern California, Texas, Gulf Coast, and Florida.
Feeds almost entirely on insects (e.g., beetles, Diptera, caterpillars) and spiders.
Secretive. Nests in natural (sometimes excavated) cavity, preferably in standing snag or hollow tree. Male may construct dummy nest. Individuals obtain food from ground surface, or from substrates within 3 m of ground.
Female incubates 4-7 eggs (commonly 5-6), for 14-17 days. Young are tended by both parents, and leave nest in 15-20 days.
|Status:||Protected nongame species|
Hejl, S.J. and L.C. Paige. 1993. Birds in continuous and fragmented forests of western red cedar/western hemlock in northern Idaho: a preliminary assessment. Draft manuscript, Inter. Res. Sta., USDA Forest Service, Missoula. 18pp.