Sedge Wren

Cistothorus platensis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Code 4

SEWR

Code 6

CISPLA

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

4 - 8



Incubation Days:

12 - 14



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

On grasses or reeds, usually near water or marshy area., 0-2 feet above ground in grass.



Nest Material:

Stems, grasses, and sedges., Lined with plant down, feathers, and fur.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Sedge Wren: Small wren with white-streaked, brown upperparts and pale buff underparts. Eyebrows are pale brown. Bill is short and slightly decurved. Tail is short and barred. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

Sedge Wren: Breeds from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and New Brunswick south to Kansas, Missouri, and east to Delaware. Spends winters along the Atlantic and Gulf Coast states from northern Mexico and Texas to Virginia. Resident populations occur in Mexico. Found in dense marshlands and grasslands.

Breeding and Nesting

Sedge Wren: Four to eight white eggs are laid in a nest made of stems, grass, and sedges, lined with plant down, feathers, and fur, and built up to 2 feet above the ground in grass. Incubation ranges from 12 to14 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Sedge Wren: Eats mostly insects and spiders; forages while scampering on the ground in wet meadows and in low brush.

Readily Eats

Apple Slices, Peanut Butter

Vocalization

Sedge Wren: Sings a bold melody of single notes, followed by a dry rapid chatter. Call is "chip-chip."

Similar Species

Sedge Wren: Marsh Wren is larger, darker, and browner overall, with longer bill, dark crown, and unbarred rufous rump.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X