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Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)


Photo © Kelly Colgan Azar

Carolina Wren nest

Photo © René Corado

Carolina Wren eggs

Photo © René Corado

Adult

Photo © Evan Lipton | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Dave Czaplak | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Rolando Chávez | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Chris Thomas | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Ryan Schain | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Scott Martin | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © P Smith | Macaulay Library

Adult (White-browed)

Photo © John van Dort | Macaulay Library

Adult (White-browed)

Photo © John van Dort | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Elizabeth Anderegg | Macaulay Library

Song (Northern)

© Wil Hershberger | Macaulay Library

Duet (Northern)

© Gerrit Vyn | Macaulay Library

Duet (Northern)

© Michael Andersen | Macaulay Library

Calls (Northern)

© Jay McGowan | Macaulay Library

Calls (Northern)

© Jay McGowan | Macaulay Library

Calls (Northern)

© Jay McGowan | Macaulay Library

Calls (Northern)

© Brad Walker | Macaulay Library

Calls (Northern)

© Jay McGowan | Macaulay Library

Song (Northeast Mexico/South Texas)

© Andres M Sada | Macaulay Library

Song (Northeast Mexico/South Texas)

© Andres M Sada | Macaulay Library

Song (White-browed)

© L. Irby Davis | Macaulay Library

Song (White-browed)

© Jay McGowan | Macaulay Library

Calls (White-browed)

© Jay McGowan | Macaulay Library

When To Look

Source: Birds of North America Online

Where To Find It

Habitats

forest

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
4
6
7

Nest Height

6 ft
3 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

12-16
days

Brooding Period

10-16
days

Useful Hints

  • A pair bond may form between a male and a female at any time of the year, and the pair will stay together for life. Members of a pair stay together on their territory year-round, and forage and move around the territory together.
  • Near homes, they’re versatile nesters, making use of discarded flowerpots, mailboxes, propane-tank covers, and a variety of other items. Their nests have even been found in old coat pockets and boots. Males often build multiple nest starts, and the female makes the final selection.
  • Male and female Carolina Wrens complete the nest together. One member of the pair may stay at the site while the other gathers material.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology