Carolina Wren

The loud, ringing call of the Carolina Wren is one of the commonest sounds of southeastern woods, where it is heard even in winter. The bird has been called “mocking wren” because it sometimes sounds like a catbird, kingfisher or certain other birds.


Roland Jordahl
Carolina Wren
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Carolina Wren


Carolina WrenRoland Jordahl
Roland Jordahl Carolina Wren

Scientific Name: Thryothorus ludovicianus.
Family: Wren.
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: Builds bulky nest in tree cavities, woodpiles, birdhouses and more, and lays three to seven spotted white eggs.
Voice: Often heard as “tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea-kettle.”
Habitat: Brush and heavy undergrowth in wooded areas.
Diet: Spiders, insects and some berries and seeds.
Backyard Favorites: Peanuts, suet, peanut butter and nuts.

Bird Song & Range Map

Listen to the Carolina Wren’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Carolina Wren Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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