Spotlight On Ohio Birds

Winter Wren-Troglodytes troglodytes

Family:  Troglodytidae

Order:  Passeriformes

Description:  4″-4 1/2″ (10-11 cm) Adult has reddish brown upperparts, with barring on wings and tail. Notice the pale buff supercillium. Upperparts are buffy brown with barring on the flanks. Bill is needle-like and legs are reddish orange on all birds. Juveniles are similar to adults but subtly less distinct barring.

Voice: Unusually loud for a small bird. Song is variable and warbling, often ending in a thrill. Call is a sharp chip-chip.

Habitat: Breeds in many different habitat types, from cliffs to riparian areas to various forests. Occurs in greatest density in coniferous forests. Prefers areas with fallen logs and other dead wood.

Nesting: Domed structure with entrance hole on side, and made of moss, bark, twigs, rootlets, grass, feathers, and hair. Lined with feathers and hair. Clutch size is 1-9 eggs that are white with reddish brown spots.


FYI’s: It is the only Wren found outside of the Americas, occurring also in Europe, Asia and North Africa.

One of the smallest of North Americas song bird.

It has a habit of almost continuously bobbing it’s head.

Resource material provided by:

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology/

The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds



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