Then Came the Wren

Seeing the Carolina Wren quite often is a treat because this little vibrant bird is fast  and energetic for all its moves, it announces its presence in the location with his loud calls and after its done eating or having any activity around the area, flies to a high point and again gives out its loud calls.

They are well respected by other birds their size, although they are described as aggressive birds, I have never seen them attack or being involved in a fight.

The Carolina Wren description is as follows:

The crown is rich brown that appears more chestnut-colored on its rump and uppertail-coverts. Shoulders and greater coverts are a rich brown, with a series of small white dots on the lesser primary coverts. The secondary coverts are rich brown with a darker brown barring on both webs; the bars on the primaries are on the outerwebs only, but darker and more noticeable. The retrices are brown with 18 to 20 bars that span across the tail. The white supercilious streak borders thinly with a black above and below, and extends above and beyond its shoulders. The ear coverts are speckled gray and grayish-black. Its chin and throat are grey that becomes buff on its chest, flank and belly, though the latter two are of a warmer color. The underwing coverts sport a grayish buff color. Its iris is reddish-brown, the upper mandible is lemon-colored and paler at the base and lower mandible. The legs are flesh-colored.

Carolina wrens spend the majority of their time on or near the ground searching for food, or in tangles of vegetation and vines. They also probe bark crevices on lower tree levels, or pick up leaf-litter in order to search for prey. Their diet consists of invertebrates, such as beetles, true bugs, grasshoppers, spiders, ants, bees, and wasps. Small lizards and tree frogs also make up the carnivorous portion of their diet. Vegetable matter makes up a small percentage of their diets, such as fruit pulp and various seeds. In the northern portion of their range, they frequent bird feeders

“In 1948 the Carolina Wren was officially named the bird of South Carolina.”


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Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101

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16 thoughts on “Then Came the Wren

  1. These photos capture the spirit of wrens, who always and forever look like they simply can’t stay in any one spot for more than a bit without feeling the need to either sing, or just take off–they can’t just sit there. I love their song so much. I don’t know if this variety has the same extended lilting and busy song of others–but here, the wrens’ song is hugely larger than they are, making them visually hidden while audibly ‘surround sound’, lol.

  2. Great photos, H.J.! I’ve only seen a Carolina Wren once here at my house but it sure was a real treat! I love the house wrens and am anxiously awaiting to see if they nest again outside my kitchen window. 🙂

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