General description.

Consider yourself a fortunate bird-lover if you manage to catch a glimpse of the Wrentit! Known for being heard and not seen, the Wrentit spends its time low down on the ground hunting insects and finding berries in the scrub. The Wrentit likes to stay close to home for the entirety of its life and rarely moves even 1500 feet away from the habitat it chose in its first year of life. This grayish brown member of the The "Old World babblers" (Timaliidae) family is the only member of its species here in North America. The Wrentit has a long tail, frequently positioned in an alert cocked position and very pale eyes. The Wrentit's song is a lovely series of notes followed by a rapid trill, or "growling" note. The Wrentit mates for life and both parents incubate the 3-5 greenish colored eggs and both defensively "sing" to defend their nest territory.

Female appearance.

Similar to male

Juvenile appearance.

Similar to adult

Flight pattern.

Fluttering, short spurts

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.

Series of notes that accelerate into a trill

Nesting habits.

Cup shaped nest is built into the branches of a shrub. Nests are made up of various materials including bark, twigs and cobwebs.

Similar birds:

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