winter wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.

 

IDENTIFICATION:

  • Length: 3.25 inches

  • Short, thin bill

  • Indistinct supercilium

  • Reddish-brown upperparts (more reddish in eastern United States birds)

  • Buffy breast with dark barring on belly and undertail coverts

  • Wings and tail barred with black

  • Very short tail frequently held upright

  • Pink legs

  • Sexes similar

  • Frequently found very near the ground in brush piles, root tangles and       along stream banks

Similar species:

Other wrens with indistinct superciliums are house, sedge and rock
wrens. Winter wren is more reddish-brown above, darker below and
has a shorter tail. Sedge wren is streaked with white on the crown and
back. Rock wren is larger with a contrast between the gray back and
brown rump and has buffy tips to the tail.

 

LIFE HISTORY

Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 4-8
Length of Incubation: 11?-16 days
Days to Fledge: 19
Number of Broods: 2?
Diet: Primarily insects

 

SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE

 

Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.

 

Relative abundance
     C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
     U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
            numbers.
     O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
            sometimes low numbers.
     R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
     Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.

 

Seasonal Occurrence
      Sp - Spring: March, April, May
U
      Su - Summer: June, July, August Acc
      Fall: September, October, November U

      Winter: December, January, February U

 

 

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