Description of the Carolina Wren
The sexes are similar.
Seasonal change in appearance
Juveniles are similar to adults.
Carolina Wrens inhabit woodlands, thickets, towns, and gardens.
Carolina Wrens eat insects and spiders.
Carolina Wrens forage on the ground as well as in low thickets.
Carolina Wrens are resident in much of the eastern U.S. The population appears to be increasing.
Bent Life History
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The shape of a bird's wing is often an indication of its habits and behavior. Fast flying birds have long, pointed wings. Soaring birds have long, broad wings. Different songbirds will have a slightly different wing shape. Some species look so much alike (Empidonax flycatchers) that scientists sometimes use the length of specific feathers to confirm a species' identification.
Wing images from the University of Puget Sound, Slater Museum of Natural History
Carolina Wrens have been expanding their range north in recent decades, though in severe winters the northern populations may be wiped out.
Carolina Wrens maintain pair bonds and territories year-round, and they also sing year-round.
Carolina Wrens have a musical song sometimes described as "cheeseburger-cheeseburger-cheeseburger". A variety of call notes are also given.
Will visit water features and suet feeders.