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Marsh Wren

Cistothorus palustris

Marsh Wren
copyright Herbert Clarke
Length: 5 in. (3 cm)
This wren spends all of its life in reeds and aquatic vegetation of marshy areas. Males often have multiple mates, and the nest is a rounded ball attached to reeds and made of grasses. Food consists of insects and commonly the eggs of other bird species nesting in the marsh. During the winter, the nests are used as roosts for the adults. A single male has been recorded singing more than 200 different types of songs. The four-digit banding code is MAWR.
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Male
copyright Herbert Clarke

Marsh / swamp
Marsh / swamp

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