Bewick’s Wren

Whose song is similar to the Bewick’s Wren?

In the thickets and woodlands where this active little bird resides, the song of this wren is often mistaken for the Song Sparrow. However, when the Bewick’s Wren comes into view, its long tail, thin bill, and white streak above the eye are distinctive.

The male learns its song while still living in the parents’ territory. There, it learns songs of neighboring territorial males. Songs are learned before the first winter and are retained for life.


The coloration of Bewick’s Wren distinguishes it from the Marsh Wren… it lacks a black-and-white triangular patch on its upper back. This unstreaked little wren has gray to red-brown upper parts and plain white underparts.


A group is collectively called by many names: “chime,” “flight,” “flock,” and “herd” of wrens.