Wrens are a very tame wren of the southern and western
United States. The species used to be much more common in the eastern
United States, but it has disappeared from much of its former range there, for
unknown reasons. The Bewick's Wren generally migrates very short distances,
if at all, and is normally found well south and west of South Dakota. At
the printing of the South Dakota Ornithologist Union's
2002 book, "The
Birds of South Dakota", only one specimen had been recorded in the state. The
photo to the right is of a Nevada bird.
Habitat: Brushy habitat, including
understory of woodlands, hedgerows, riparian areas, residential areas.
Diet: Mostly insects. Occasionally
it will forage on seeds and berries.
Behavior: Very active foraging, either by
clambering and flitting through foliage and vegetation, or by hopping and
running along the ground.
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota.
Migration: Year-round resident of much of the
southern and western United States, with some migrating slightly northward
in the spring.
Birdhouses: Will use nest boxes (not in South Dakota).
Conservation Status: Has been in steep decline in the eastern part of
the United States. Still widespread and common in the West.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Bewick's Wren"
eNature.com: Bewick's Wren
Photo Information: February 1st, 2002 -- Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, just outside of Las Vegas,
Nevada -- Terry Sohl