How to Identify a Bewick’s Wren

Find out what a Bewick's wren looks like and where you can spot one. Plus find out how to attract these small songbirds to your yard.

What Does a Bewick’s Wren Look Like?

bewick's wrenCourtesy Michelle Summers
Bewick’s wren pair

Bewick’s wrens are perky brown colored birds with bold, white eye stripes, similar to the Carolina wrens that are commonly seen in the East.

“This is a pair of Bewick’s wrens (above) who used the open end of this post for their nest one year,” says Birds & Blooms reader Michelle Summers. “The previous year, Carolina chickadees used this spot. I love the birds and put a good deal of effort into providing water, food and nesting facilities for them. Sometimes they choose things like a post in just the right spot over a cute little wren bird house, but that’s OK with me. It is always special to me to witness these tiny little families grow!”

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Range

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Although you won’t find Carolina wrens out west, you can see Bewick’s wrens.

Look for Bewick’s wrens across most of the western United States. Though common across their range, these songbirds are rarely spotted east of the Mississippi River.

Head southwest to see a cactus wren.

How to Attract Bewick’s Wrens

Bewick’s Wren SingingKirsty Nadine/Getty Images
Bewick’s wren singing in Red Rock State Park, Arizona

In the west, some wrens, including Bewick’s, can be lured to backyards with native shrubs and brush piles. Look for them hopping and crawling down low as they forage for insects. You may also attract them to visit a bird bath, especially if it has a small fountain or dripper.

Like other wrens, these birds frequently nest in cavities such as old woodpecker holes and manmade nest boxes.

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Lori Vanover
Lori Vanover is the senior digital editor for Birds & Blooms. She has a bachelor's degree in agricultural and environmental communications from the University of Illinois. Lori enjoys growing vegetables and flowers for pollinators in her backyard gardens. She also is an avid bird-watcher.