How to Identify a Carolina Wren
The call of the Carolina wren is a common sound of southeastern woods, where it is heard even in winter. Learn about their nests and diet.
What Does a Carolina Wren Look Like?
Scientific Name: Thryothorus ludovicianus.
Length: 5-3/4 inches.
Wingspan: 7-1/2 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Stocky with a white eye stripe, bright rusty-brown plumage and beige below.
Nest and Eggs
Builds bulky nest in tree cavities, woodpiles, birdhouses and more, and lays three to seven spotted white eggs.
What Do Carolina Wrens Eat?
Diet: Spiders, insects and some berries and seeds.
Backyard Favorites: Peanuts, suet, peanut butter and nuts.
Courtesy Carmella Poole
Listen to the Carolina Wren’s call. The song is often heard as “tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea-kettle.” The bird has been called “mocking wren” because it sometimes sounds like a catbird, kingfisher or certain other birds.
Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Range Map and Habitat
Look for these birds in brush and heavy undergrowth in wooded areas.
Range maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.