Sedge Wren

Cistothorus platensis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Code 4

SEWR

Code 6

CISPLA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Sedge Wren has a large range, estimated globally at 6,600,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas and nearby island nations, this bird prefers savanna, grassland, or wetland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 6,500,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Sedge Wren is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Sedge Wren: Small wren with white-streaked, brown upperparts and pale buff underparts. Eyebrows are pale brown. Tail is short and barred. Bill is short and the legs and feet are pink. One of the most nomadic territorial birds. In any area it may be abundant one year, absent the next.


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.

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Sedge Wren SONGS AND CALLS

Sedge Wren A1

Song starts with a few short notes, followed by dry staccato chattering.

Sedge Wren A2

Dry "chip" calls.

Similar Sounding

Dickcissel H1

Song is a repeated "dick, dick, ciss, ciss, ciss".


Voice Text

"chip-chip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • It is also known as the Short-billed Marsh Wren and the Grass Wren. There are about 20 different subspecies which are found across most of the Americas. Some of these forms may be separate species.
  • The male often builds several unused nests in his territory; he may puncture the eggs of other birds nesting nearby.
  • The Sedge Wren is most often seen as it is flushed from grass and flies off, only to drop from view a few feet away.
  • A group of wrens has many collective nouns, including a "chime", "flight", "flock", and "herd" of wrens.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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