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Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Genus: Thryothorus
Species: ludovicianus


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Albertville, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Barling, Arkansas
Canton, Connecticut
Cape Canaveral, Florida
Clermont, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Milton, Florida
Orange City, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Williston, Florida
Brinson, Georgia
Canton, Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia
Columbus, Georgia
Conyers, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Snellville, Georgia
Tucker, Georgia
Lebanon, Illinois
Millstadt, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana
Yale, Iowa
Barbourville, Kentucky
Calvert City, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Irvine, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Covington, Louisiana
Vacherie, Louisiana
Clinton, Maryland
Halifax, Massachusetts
Dearborn, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Lowell, Michigan
Williamston, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Maben, Mississippi
Tupelo, Mississippi
Cole Camp, Missouri
Conway, Missouri
Falcon, Missouri
Jackson, Missouri
Joplin, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Saint Robert, Missouri
Atkinson, New Hampshire
Merrimack, New Hampshire
Beachwood, New Jersey
Woodstown, New Jersey
Coram, New York
Himrod, New York
Yonkers, New York
Asheville, North Carolina
Concord, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Ellenboro, North Carolina
Mooresville, North Carolina
Mount Pleasant, North Carolina
Oxford, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)
Thomasville, North Carolina
Trinity, North Carolina
Wake Forest, North Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
Corning, Ohio
Lebanon, Ohio
Medina, Ohio
Williamsburg, Ohio
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Roscoe, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina (3 reports)
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Dayton, Texas
Desoto, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Garland, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Mathis, Texas
Montgomery, Texas
Spring, Texas
Waco, Texas
Chester, Virginia
Fredericksburg, Virginia (2 reports)
Hurt, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Walkerton, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On May 21, 2018, smallplot from Tallahassee, FL wrote:

These birds are the bane of my existence because of the constant racket they make. I can't believe noise at such volume can come from such a small bird. When do they have time to eat when they are constantly making noise and fighting with other birds? When I first moved into this house twenty years ago they were not present in such numbers as they are now. They seem to have displaced the blue jays and they chase away the tufted titmouse when they appear in winter. The information I read here that they will not nest within a quarter mile of each other has to be inaccurate. I am surrounded by them and they call back and forth to each other from before daylight until after sunset. They are noisy little bullies in my opinion and I wish they would leave the area so I could have some peace a... read more


On Apr 17, 2018, augustus9 from Cape Canaveral, FL wrote:

I love these little birds!
There one of my favorite Wrens and are incredibly fun to watch!


On May 29, 2015, bLueBrdLvr469 from Calabash, NC wrote:

Carolina Wrens are amazing little birds. When I was in high school my bedroom window was a crank out type with a brick ledge. I kept it cranked out partially in spring. The birds built a nest there in a matter of hours with oak leaves and other material. They didn't know I could watch from inside. They filled the whole window ledge with a long tunnel leading into the nest. At first we'd tear it out and they would build back within hours. If they want to build in a place, forget trying to discourage them. I gave up and just let them build. I got to see their babies raised. Sometimes if I got too close to the window she'd give me a look and fuss at me. We've had wrens build in motorcycle helmets, gourds, bluebird houses that were sitting on a shelf inside our sheds, and yes I have... read more


On May 13, 2012, Mtnma from Ellenboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

I just moved from FL to NC. While unpacking I came across one of my wren houses that I had not used in years. I set it out on the rail of my porch until I could find a good spot to secure it. When I picked it up a couple of days later, a momma flew out and started chattering at me so I set it back out and moved away. Turned out they had already moved in and laid four tiny eggs. We have been treated to their delightful song from our porch. The babies eventually fledged and the parents appear to have left too but I'm afraid to move the house just in case. They are a hoot and joy to have around.


On Nov 4, 2010, nanny_56 from Putnam County, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

This active & inquistive little bird has become one of my favorites! It is one bird that I can recognize by sound even if I don't see it & I love hearing them singing and calling in the mornings!


On Sep 13, 2010, caobr549 from Tupelo, MS wrote:

I love these little birds! They are so active, I live on almost an acre in the city and never fail to see a wren or hear one when I go outside. I honestly believe they cover every square inch of this territory in a day. They even check out the clothes I hang on the line; going in the sleeve and coming out the neck of a shirt. Can't leave them on the line long, they will build a nest in them! Carolina Wrens are the most hard working little birds I have ever seen. They are always on the move, and fast too. I put out peanuts and suet for them and they love it. To be such a little bird they sure do have a very loud and distinct song!


On Jul 28, 2010, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

these are very hyper active hysterical little birds with much personality. they have been making nests in my hanging petunia baskets for a couple years now and i have to wait till the mother flies off in order to water the basket real fast with a bottle of water, and then i have to run back in the house real fast so she doesnt see me, cause im afraid if she does she'll abandon the nest, but if i dont water the petunia baskets then it will die and these little wrens in the nest will be visable to predator birds like hawks...tough delemma huh..anyway carolina wren are neat birds im glad they chose to make there nests in my petunia baskets..mike


On Apr 8, 2010, smj1955 from Conyers, GA wrote:

Conyers, GA
I've absolutely fallen in love this little fellow. One flew into our home mid-to-late fall 2010. I caught him in my hands and while I attempted to soothe him before release, noted his somewhat long, curved beak; prominent white eye stripe; and soft buff-orange belly. I thought that maybe he was a "baby" Brown Thrasher, which are common to this area.

After further observation of this little guy and a little more research, I identified him as being a Carolina Wren - the prominent white eye stripe and bold, melodious "tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea-kettle, teeeee" song were a dead giveaway.

I began to look forward to his daily visits - (mostly to feed on my suet feeder) - and to being awakened daily by his his bold, beautiful song.
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On Jan 12, 2010, sunfarm from Irvine, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

The wrens tend to nest in inconvenient locations such as the package shelf of my golf cart and under the dome of my propane tank. I hate to have to disturb their nests, but life has to go on!


On Oct 9, 2009, birder17 from Jackson, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love this bird. It hops around so daintily. It's never greedy, always polite at the feeders. It made it's nest last summer in my hanging Dragon Wing begonia. This summer, it was the hanging Christmas Cactus. Both times the nests were right in front of my kitchen window. They raised 5 babies and there was quite a fiasco when the babies fledged. The babies got in our garage through our garage window. I had to open the window more to get them back out of the garage. Meanwhile, the mom and dad c. wren were making lots of chattering on our deck! They winter over here. I feed them peanut butter suet and meal worms.


On Jan 19, 2009, plantgnome from Coram, NY wrote:

This tiny little bird comes to my yard every morning and sings from the rafters of my overhang. Welcoming sound during this cold winter. Saw one yesterday sleeping upside down hanging from the suet cage. So cute.


On Jan 8, 2009, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

A tiny bird with a big voice. And they nest anywhere they want. They are territorial and won't allow another pair for a quarter mile around