South Dakota marks the
northernmost fringes of the Carolina Wren's normal range. Populations at
the northern end of this range tend to fluctuate with the severity of the
winters. They are the largest of the wrens normally found in the eastern
United States, and tend to be much more richly colored than other wrens.
They tend to live in pairs year-round, and the male and female may sing
"duets" at any time of the year.
Habitat: Generally found in brush and
undergrowth, including undergrowth of deciduous and mixed forests, forest edges,
tree lines, and residential areas.
Diet: Feeds primarily on
insects and spiders. Will also feed on snails, fruits and berries, some
seeds, and even small lizards and frogs.
Behavior: Very active forager, climbing and
flitting through foliage and branches. Often forages in pairs, even
outside of the breeding season.
Breeding: No confirmed breeding in South Dakota
Migration: Generally a permanent resident throughout its normal range. Small numbers
may wander in the fall, especially juveniles.
Bewick's Wren (extremely rare in South Dakota),
Feeders: Will attend feeders for suet and peanut
Conservation Status: Numbers are generally stable.
However, numbers at the northern end of their range rise and fall in
conjunction with the harshness of the winter season.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Carolina Wren"
Photo Information: April 3rd, 2003 -- Lake Martin,
Louisiana -- Ronnie