….Compliments of Wild Birds Forever

Found throughout most of North America, wrens are chubby little birds with slender, slightly curved bills. You can always spot one of these perky birds with their short tails erect, flitting about your yard. Wrens are wonderful to have around as they eat many insect pests such as caterpillars, grasshoppers, spiders and snails. The song and actions of the wren make this small bird a delight to have in your yard.

What wrens lack in their drab brown colors is made up by their perky nature and wonderful song notes. These inquisitive birds are bubbling and chattering with very loud and melodious songs, and can often be lured into view by squeaky noises. If you have bird houses, you have probably seen wrens checking them out or even nesting in them. Wrens are famous for where they nest – boots, car radiators, mailboxes, clotheslines, you name it, and for good reason….

(And you thought your life was hard!)

Consider this! The male house wren arrives early in Spring and will construct as many as a dozen or more nests in his territory. When the females arrive, he will court a female by taking her around and showing off his work. When a female finally accepts one of his nesting sites they will mate. More often than not, the female will then tear apart his hard work and begin building a nest all over again!

Range and Habitat

Wrens can be found just about everywhere in North America, usually migrating to the southern portions of their range during the colder winter months. Wrens love brushy thickets, hedges, farmland, open forests and tangles of suburban gardens.

How to Attract Wrens to Your Backyard!

  • Wrens will not usually visit your bird feeder as they are predominantly insect eaters. But boy do they get thirsty! Have plenty of water sources available for them in the form of a pedestal or hanging birdbath as well as a ground level water source.
  • You know the story, wrens are voracious nesters! Offer them plenty of bird houses built to their specifications to keep them around! See our bird house specifications chart for the proper dimensions and mounting of your wren houses. Wrens build their nests with grass, plant fibers, leaves, feathers, and twigs, and just about anything else they can find. Offer nesting materials in concentrated stashes throughout your backyard habitat.
  • Suet is another good attractant for these insect eaters. Offer plenty of suet treats around your yard!

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