What Does a Carolina Wren Call Sound Like?

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.

carolina wren callCourtesy Kevin McCarthy
Carolina wren

Carolina wrens are often heard, not seen. Their distinctive ‘teakettle, teakettle, teakettle’ (or ‘germany, germany germany’ or ‘tweedle, tweedle, tweedle’) 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.

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 a& Blooms magazine’s Most Wanted Birds.

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 they are attracted to suet feeders and peanut feeders in backyards. Offer these foods if you want to attract them.

Next, learn what a cardinal’s call sounds like.

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SeEtta Moss
SeEtta Moss is an avid birder, bird photographer and conservationist in Colorado.