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Pacific Wren


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Pacific Wrens creep along the forest floor and sing loudly from perches. One of the only North American wrens associated with old-growth forest, there is some evidence that they are being harmed by forest fragmentation. Pacific Wrens used to be considered the same species as Winter Wrens, but after studies showed they do not interbreed, they were split into separate species in 2010.

Keys to identification Help

Typical Voice
  • Size & Shape

    Distinguished by its short, stubby tail, (usually cocked up in typical wren fashion), short, slender bill, and overall small size.

  • Color Pattern

    Brown, with a dark bill.

  • Behavior

    Forages along the ground.

  • Habitat

    Highest breeding densities in conifer forests. Frequently associated with water.

Range Map Help

Pacific Wren Range Map
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