Bewick’s Wren

Bewick's Wren

Bewick’s Wrens are brown-backed birds with long gray upright tails with darker barring. They have gray bellies and a white stripe over the eye.

  • Thryomanes bewickii
  • Length: 5.1 in (13 cm)
  • Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz (8-12 g)


Bewick’s Wrens live in southern and western states all year with some small movements in winter.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Bewick’s Wrens in scrub, thickets, and open woodland, hopping from branch to branch, flicking their long tails.

They feed on insects and larvae including, bees, bugs, caterpillars, and beetles.

Bewick’s Wren Sounds:

Their song starts with a couple of short higher notes, followed by lower-pitched buzzy notes.


Nests are on rock ledges, old woodpecker nests, nest boxes, or crevices in buildings. They are cup-shaped and made from sticks and grasses with a softer lining. Thye lay 3 – 8 eggs, and hatching takes around two weeks, and fledging a further two weeks again.

Attract Bewick Wrens

Attract them to your backyard with suet, mealworms, and hulled sunflower seeds.

Fun fact:

The House Wren is probably responsible for the unfortunate decline of Bewick Wrens in the eastern US as they would destroy their eggs.