Pacific Wren

Troglodytes pacificus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Code 4

PAWR

Code 6

TROPAC

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

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SUMMARY

Overview

Pacific Wren: Formerly grouped with the Winter Wren, this bird is now considered its own species. A very small wren with barred, dark brown upperparts and buff eyebrows. May appear rufous brown. Brown underparts are lightly barred on flanks, belly, and undertail. Tail is very short and held upright. Sexes are similar.


Range and Habitat

Pacific Wren: Breeds along the Pacific coast of North America from the southern coast of Alaska and British Columbia to California and inland as far as Montana and South Dakota. It migrates through and winters across western United States and Canada. Found mostly in coniferous forests, preferring fir and spruce.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"chirrr", "tik-tik-tik", "kit-kit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Pacific Wrens will roost in groups in cold weather; 31 were found together in a nest box in western Washington in December 1924.
  • In 2010, the American Ornithologist's Union split the North American populations of the Winter Wren into two separate species, the Winter Wren is now found in the eastern parts of north America and Pacific Wren is found in the west.
  • A group of wrens has many collective nouns, including a "chime", "flight", "flock", and "herd" of wrens.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Pacific Wren

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Jane Wright

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Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X