Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)

December 2022
Written By: 
Grand Strand Magazine Staff
Photographs by: 
courtesy of shutterstock

A shy, hardy bird recognizable for its distinct, three-syllable call of descending register, the Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) is a likely inhabitant of any brush piles you have sitting from over the summer season. In the colder months, the Carolina Wren nests instead of migrates, and is a year-round inhabitant of yards, prairies, marshes, and open woodlands in the Carolinas and across the Eastern seaboard.

- The Carolina Wren has been known to emit its call more than 3,000 times a day, and can live up to seven years.

- Along with its distinct call, the Carolina Wren has a prominently upward-shooting tail and dense, burnt-orange plumage.

- Carolina Wrens are pair-bonded, and bound for life. They forage, nest, and roam territory as a team.

- Male and female Carolina Wrens sing separate songs that will sometimes come together in a harmony.