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Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)


Photo © J. Pavesi

Bewick's Wren nest

Photo © René Corado

Bewick's Wren eggs

Photo © René Corado

Bewick's Wren

Photo © Sharon Beals, from the collection of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology

Photo © DigiBirdTrek CA | Macaulay Library

Photo © Greg Gillson | Macaulay Library

Photo © Christine Jacobs | Macaulay Library

Photo © Marlene Cashen | Macaulay Library

Photo © Brian Sullivan | Macaulay Library

Photo © Lew Johnson | Macaulay Library

Song and calls

© Arthur A. Allen | Macaulay Library

Song

© Thomas G. Sander | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Geoffrey A. Keller | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Arthur A. Allen

Calls

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Calls

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Calls

© Ted Parker

When To Look

Source: Birds of North America Online

Where To Find It

Habitats

desert

open woodland

shrub

Substrates

Nestbox or Birdhouse

In/On Building

Live Tree Cavity

Dead Tree Cavity

What You'll Find

Nest Type

cavity

Chick

Altricial

Clutch Size

3
5
7
8

Nest Height

30 ft
0.5 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

14-16
days

Brooding Period

14-16
days

Useful Hints

  • At the sound of approaching humans, a female Bewick’s Wren incubating eggs usually flushes quietly from her nest cavity, but remains nearby and scolds. Some females, however, sit tightly on their eggs even when disturbed.
  • The open cup may be lined with feathers, wool, hair, or plant down, with a final inner lining of snakeskin.
  • Bewick’s Wrens usually build their nests in cavities or on ledges within 30 feet of the ground. Males often begin the process, with the female contributing equally by the end.