Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)

A gray bird with a white horizontal stripe over the eye stands on the ground among fragments of wood

NPS Photo / Patricia Simpson

Length 5.1" (no wingspan information for this bird)

Subdued brown-and-gray wrens with a long, brow-like white stripe over the eye. Back and wings are plain brown; underparts gray-white; and the long tail is barred with black and tipped with white spots. Males and females look the same.

The song of a male Bewick’s Wren can be hard to describe, especially because it changes significantly from region-to-region! One common characteristic of most wren species is a low growl somewhere during their song. Typically, a Bewick’s Wren song begins with a few quick, high peeps then drops into its characteristic blurry growl, ending in a warbling high note.


Last updated: August 31, 2020

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