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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

Adult

Photo © Tripp Davenport

Adult

Photo © Cameron Rognan

Juvenile

Photo © Robert Matheson

Adult

Photo © Ganesh Jayaraman

Adult

Photo © hawk person

Adult

Photo © Tripp Davenport

Chid-it scolding calls

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Shrink call

© Arthur A. Allen

Scolding call

© Theodore A. Parker III

Whick call, song

© Curtis A. Marantz

Chit call

© William W. H. Gunn

Pewik call

© Matthew D. Medler

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.