House Wren

The House Wren is plain to be sure, but its tenacity and nonstop activity make this backyard nester a pleasure to observe.

Photos

Linda Petersen
House Wren
Roland Jordahl
House Wren
Glenn Miller
House Wren family

Information

House Wren
Roland Jordahl House Wren

Scientific Name: Troglodytes aedon.
Family: Wren.
Length: 4-3/4 inches.
Wingspan: 6 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Brown body with narrow dark bars or stripes on wing and tail.
Nest: Six or seven speckled-white eggs are laid in a nest of twigs hidden in a cavity or birdhouse. Male builds multiple “dummy” nests, and the female chooses one.
Voice: Varies; rapid rolling trill that rises and then descends into a bubbling song.
Habitat: Backyards, parks and open woods.
Diet: Insects.
Backyard Favorites: Birdhouses and suet.

Bird Song & Range Map

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

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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

Jill Staake
Jill lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes about gardening, butterflies, outdoor projects and birding. When she's not gardening, you'll find her reading, traveling and happily digging her toes into the sand on the beach.