A common hyperactive midget found throughout the state. A
very aggressive courtship and nesting ritual involves the male building numerous
"dummy" nests in any available cavity (nest boxes, trees, buildings,
fences, etc). The female selects one of these, and the male completes that
nest. House Wrens will also aggressively chase other species from
potential nesting sites, even going so far to destroy their eggs and kill their
Habitat: Prefers semi-open
habitats including residential areas, parks, forest clearings and edges,
farmstead groves, and brushy thickets.
Diet: Mostly insects, some snails.
Behavior: Very active forager, moving quickly
through primarily lower levels of trees and shrubs, but may also forage at
upper levels. Will also forage on the ground.
Nesting: May through August
Migration: Summers through much of the U.S. and southern Canada. Winters in the
extreme southern U.S. and points south.
Conservation Status: Widespread and common, numbers appear to
Birdhouses: Will nest in manmade nest boxes and
Cornell University's "All About Birds - House Wren"
Photo Information: July 9th, 2006 - Minnehaha County - Terry Sohl
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