What Does a Carolina Wren Call Sound Like?

Updated: May 18, 2022

Even if you don't see a Carolina wren, you might hear one. Learn what a Carolina wren call sounds like to help you identify these birds.

Listen to a Carolina Wren Call

carolina wren callCourtesy Kevin McCarthy
Birders love to see and hear Carolina wrens

Carolina wrens are often heard, not seen. The distinctive ‘teakettle, teakettle, teakettle’ (or ‘germany, germany germany’ or ‘tweedle, tweedle, tweedle’) Carolina wren call rings out through forested areas and wooded backyards in the eastern U.S. Their voices can carry quite a distance. These wrens serenade many birders, singing their verses from perches around the neighborhood.

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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This wren species is quite attractive with buff to cinnamon colored plumage, a bold white eye stripe, long and down-curved bill, white throat. More often than not, their tails are cocked up in the air, giving a good view of the distinctive horizontal bars underneath.

Birders love Carolina wrens. The species was even named of Birds & Blooms magazine’s Most Wanted Birds.

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carolina wren callCourtesy Lois Stehem
The Carolina wren has a loud triplet sound and is very entertaining.

My home in Colorado is west of their range. But several Carolina wrens once ventured to a wooded area less than a quarter mile from my house. They stayed for several summers and at least one winter. Apparently this location did not meet their needs, as I haven’t seen them for a few years. I used to enjoy walking on the local trail through there and hearing them sing. I even heard them sing while I was working in my yard one time.

Now I have to be content with hearing them, and spotting them sometimes, when I travel further east. I understand that Carolina wrens are attracted to suet feeders and peanut feeders in backyards. Offer these foods if you want to attract them. You can also welcome nesting wrens to a wren bird house.

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