Carolina Wren

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Genus: Thryothorus
Species: ludovicianus

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
Gr. trogle hole or hollow
Gr. dutes burrower
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. troglodutes cave dweller
iGr. thruon a reed
Gr. thouros leaping
La. ludovicius Louis
La. anus belonging to
iLa. ludovicianus for the Louisiana Territory named for Louis XIV

Largest wren, just a little larger than the house wren, five to six inches long, about four inches upright. Brownish upper, darker finely barred wings and tail.

Painting of Carolina wren singing while perched on a twig and flower in the back ground
Cream-buff under side and whiter throat. Thin white streak from the beak, over the eye, to the back of the head. Thin, slightly downward curved beak. Typical hunkered down wren stance with upright tail when alerted.
USGS Range map shows Carolina wrens breed in southeast US from the Great Lakes and Texas to the East Coast.
Inhabits woodlands, groves, farms and small towns from the southeastern corner of South Dakota, throughout the lower Great Lakes to parts of Maine and from the southern tip of Texas and northeastern Mexico to southern Florida.
Nests anywhere about houses and sheds, sometimes on beams, in crevices and in bird houses.
Builds bulky nests of leaves, grass and feathers lined with finer grasses and hair often in shady ravines, wooded and rocky banks of streams, in log piles, brush heaps, natural or abandoned tree cavities.

Lays around three to six speckled white or pinkish eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in another two weeks.

Curious, nervous and almost too quick to notice, it investigates every nook and cranny in foliage, fallen timber and rock mounds in search of insects, seeds and berries.

A variety of songs thought to have been imitations gave it the mocking wren nickname. One of the few birds that sings at night. Devoted to mates.

Painting of a Carolina wren foraging along fallen timber with flowers and vegetation in the background
The Carolina Wren Birdhouse has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 8″ inside ceiling, 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor, ventilation openings and hinged roof secured with shutter hooks.
Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.

Mount or hang from tree limbs at chest level or higher if necessary in secluded locations with partial sun and shade in the vicinity of thick underbrush.

Male wrens will build several nests for the female to choose from so hanging several nest boxes may make an area more attractive.

Carolina wrens will also nest on platforms.

Other wrens, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches and sparrows may use this box.

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A series of US minted quarters honor various states, this one for the South Carolina State Bird
US Quarter with the South Carolina State Bird, Carolina Wren

US Quarter with the South Carolina State Bird, Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

Painting of Carolina wren singing while perched on a twig and flower in the back ground

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Genus: Thryothorus
Species: ludovicianus

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
Gr. trogle hole or hollow
Gr. dutes burrower
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. troglodutes cave dweller
iGr. thruon a reed
Gr. thouros leaping
La. ludovicius Louis
La. anus belonging to
iLa. ludovicianus for the Louisiana Territory named for Louis XIV

Largest wren, just a little larger than the house wren, five to six inches long, about four inches upright. Brownish upper, darker finely barred wings and tail.

Cream-buff under side and whiter throat. Thin white streak from the beak, over the eye, to the back of the head. Thin, slightly downward curved beak. Typical hunkered down wren stance with upright tail when alerted.

Inhabits woodlands, groves, farms and small towns from the southeastern corner of South Dakota, throughout the lower Great Lakes to parts of Maine and from the southern tip of Texas and northeastern Mexico to southern Florida.
USGS Range map shows Carolina wrens breed in southeast US from the Great Lakes and Texas to the East Coast.
Nests anywhere about houses and sheds, sometimes on beams, in crevices and in bird houses.

Builds bulky nests of leaves, grass and feathers lined with finer grasses and hair often in shady ravines, wooded and rocky banks of streams, in log piles, brush heaps, natural or abandoned tree cavities.

Lays around three to six speckled white or pinkish eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in another two weeks.

Curious, nervous and almost too quick to notice, it investigates every nook and cranny in foliage, fallen timber and rock mounds in search of insects, seeds and berries.

A variety of songs thought to have been imitations gave it the mocking wren nickname. One of the few birds that sings at night. Devoted to mates.

Painting of a Carolina wren foraging along fallen timber with flowers and vegetation in the background
The Carolina Wren Birdhouse has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 8″ inside ceiling, 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor, ventilation openings and hinged roof secured with shutter hooks.
Select to view or print Carolina Wren Nest Box Plans.
Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.

Mount or hang from tree limbs at chest level or higher if necessary in secluded locations with partial sun and shade in the vicinity of thick underbrush.

Male wrens will build several nests for the female to choose from so hanging several nest boxes may make an area more attractive.

Carolina wrens will also nest on platforms.

Other wrens, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches and sparrows may use this box.

A series of US minted quarters honor various states, this one for the South Carolina State Bird
US Quarter with the South Carolina State Bird, Carolina Wren

US Quarter with the South Carolina State Bird, Carolina Wren

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