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Marsh Wren

Cistothorus palustris ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: TROGLODYTIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A common and noisy inhabitant of cattail marshes, the Marsh Wren sings all day and throughout the night.

Appearance

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small brown bird with thin bill.
  • Tail often held upright.
  • Dark cap.
  • Whitish eyeline.
  • Bold black-and-white streaks on back.
  • Buffy flanks, whitish chest.

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to adult, but lacks bold streaking on back and has only an indistinct eyestripe.

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Similar Species

  • Sedge Wren has similar streaks on back, but is paler, has a paler, streaked crown, and has a less distinct eyestripe.

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