Carolina Wren - Thryothorus ludovicianus

Carolina Wren

Family: Troglodytidae, Wrens

Description: 5 1/2" (14 cm). Rich brown above, buff below, with conspicuous white eyebrow.
Habitat: Woodland thickets, ravines, and rocky slopes covered with brush.
Nesting: 5 brown-spotted whitish eggs in a feather-lined, domed stick nest with an entrance on the side. The nest is placed in stone walls, hollow tree stumps, tin cans, mail boxes, birdhouses, and even coat pockets on clotheslines.
Range: Resident in southeastern United States, north to Wisconsin and Michigan, southern Ontario, New York, and southern New England.
Carolina Wren Range Map
Voice: Loud whistled tweedle-tweedle-tweedle or tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea-kettle tea, sung all day long in all seasons.
Discussion: These wrens do not migrate. At the northern edge of their range they increase in mild years, but a severe cold season with heavy snows will often decimate their numbers. They live in thickets and swamps, frequenting brush piles and old wooden buildings.