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About the Carolina Wren

Also known as: Wren, Northern Wren

The Carolina Wren is a large species of wren that is common in its range, which is much of the eastern half of North America. They are found in a variety of habitats, including forest, swamp, farmland, and suburban yards. They are well-adapted to human development and will readily make nests in a huge range of locations. Carolina Wrens have a wide variety of calls, songs, and other vocalizations. One of their most common calls sounds like they are singing, "Teakettle! Teakettle! Teakettle!"

Carolina Wrens feed primarily on insects. They will also feed on seeds, fruits, and berries. Carolina Wren pairs bond for life and sing all throughout the year.

The wren's upperparts are rufous brown, and the underparts are a buffy orange tone. The head has a striking pure white eyebrow and a whitish throat.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 24 February 2008
Scientific Name Thryothorus ludovicianus
  • Passeriformes
  • Troglodytidae
  • Thryothorus
  • T. ludovicianus
Birdorable Family Nuthatches & Wrens
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 May 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
5.5 inches
0.7 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • 卡罗苇鹪鹩 (Chinese)
  • Střízlík Karolinský (Czech)
  • Carolinasmutte (Danish)
  • Carolinawinterkoning (Dutch)
  • Matkijapeukaloinen (Finnish)
  • Troglodyte de Caroline (French)
  • Carolinazaunkönig (German)
  • Scricciolo della Carolina (Italian)
  • チャバラマユミソサザイ (Chabaramayumisosazai) (Japanese)
  • Karolinasmett (Norwegian)
  • Strzyzyk Karolinski (Polish)
  • Каролинский крапивник (Russian)
  • Ratona Carolinense (Spanish)
  • Karolinagärdsmyg (Swedish)

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