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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

Photo © Elizabeth Anderegg | Macaulay Library

Song and female calls (Northern)

© Gerrit Vyn | Macaulay Library

Song (Northern)

© Wil Hershberger | Macaulay Library

Duet (Northern)

© Michael Andersen | Macaulay Library

Calls (Northern)

© Geoffrey A. Keller | Macaulay Library

Calls (Northern)

© Carnes Weeks | Macaulay Library

Calls (Northern)

© Ted Parker | 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.