Bewick's Wren

Thryomanes bewickii

Summary 2

The Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) is medium-sized wren, is identified by its plain brown back, pale breast, long tail (often held up at an angle), long curved bill, and conspicuous white eye-stripes. Male and female Bewick’s Wrens are similar to one another in all seasons.

Hear examples of their songs and calls here:

Similar Species

The House Wren is smaller small size, shorter tail and has a fainter eye-ring and is uniformly brown.

Where on Campus? 3

Bewick's wrens can often be found in the Adobe Creek riparian area and in the California Native garden and "Eucalyptus dell."

Habitat 4

Bewick's wrens are found in brushy areas, thickets and scrub in open country, open and riparian woodland, and chaparral.

Life History 5

NestingCourting Bewick’s Wrens normally form monogamous pairs. Males initiate nest building and are eventually joined by the females to produce small cup shaped nests using plant materials in cavities or on ledges. Nesting occurs from April into June, with from four to nine (usually five to seven) eggs per clutch. Generally, two or three broods are raised per year (Potter et al. 1980).

FeedingBewick's Wrens primarily eat eggs, larvae and adult invertebrates.

Distribution 6

Southwestern British Columbia into Western and SW U.S. to Baja and Central Mexico. Species has nearly disappeared from all of the range east of the Mississippi River (Kennedy and White 1997).

Migration 7


Sources and Credits

  1. (c) BackyardBirderWA, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND),
  2. Adapted by gillian360 from a work by (c) Unknown, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA),
  3. (c) gillian360, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
  4. (c) NatureServe, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC),
  5. Adapted by gillian360 from a work by (c) NatureServe, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC),
  6. (c) NatureServe, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC),
  7. (c) NatureServe, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC),

More Info