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 Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)




Marsh Wren | Cistothorus palustris photo
Marsh Wren, Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Ladner, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

MARSH WREN FACTS

Description
The Marsh Wren is a small brown bird. The back is streaked with black and white and the chest is whitish. The tail is held fairly upright. It has a brown cap and pale line above the eye. The bill is thin and slightly curved.. Males and females are similar in appearance, but males are larger. Juveniles are similar to adults but have less prominent eye stripe, and no streaking on the back.

Size
length 10cm - 14cm

Environment
marshes

Food
Insects, spiders.

Breeding
Builds a domed nest from grasses and sedges with side entrance. The nest is attached to vegetation. Lays a clutch of four to six brown eggs (range three to ten) with dark spots.

Range
Breeds in northern and western United States and central southern Canada from British Columbia to Maine, and down into Mexico. Winters in southern United States and Mexico

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Troglodytidae
Genus:Cistothorus
Species:palustris
Common Name:Marsh Wren