Marsh Wren

Cistothorus palustris
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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.\r\n

The four-digit banding code is MAWR.

Male | Herbert Clarke

Female | Robert Shantz

Marsh / swamp
Bird Sound Type: Chirping
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Marsh Wren
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: April 16, 2024
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