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    Sedge Wren Life History


    Habitat Grasslands

    • Nests in dense tall sedges and grasses in wet meadows, hayfields, and marshes.
    • Avoids cattails.
    • Winters in grassy marshes and dry grass fields.
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    Food InsectsInsects and spiders.Back to top


    Nest Placement

    Nest Shrub

    Nest Description

    Round ball of grasses and sedges, with entrance on side.

    Nesting Facts
    Clutch Size:2-8 eggs
    Egg Description:white
    Condition at Hatching:Naked and helpless
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    Behavior Ground ForagerRuns on ground to avoid predators. Usually flies only a short distance before diving back into grass.Back to top


    Conservation Low ConcernSedge Wren populations were stable between 1966 and 2014, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 20 million with 21% spending some part of the year in the U.S., 7% in Mexico, and 8% breeding in Canada. The species rates a 7 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. Sedge Wren is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List. There are management concerns about this species because of its dependence on vulnerable and restricted habitats.Back to top


    Herkert, James R., Donald E. Kroodsma and James P. Gibbs. 2001. Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

    North American Bird Conservation Initiative. 2014. The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

    Partners in Flight. 2017. Avian Conservation Assessment Database. 2017.

    Sauer, J. R., J. E. Hines, J. E. Fallon, K. L. Pardieck, Jr. Ziolkowski, D. J. and W. A. Link. The North American Breeding Bird Survey, results and analysis 1966-2013 (Version 1.30.15). USGS Patuxtent Wildlife Research Center 2014b. Available from

    Sibley, David Allen. 2014. The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A Knopf, New York.

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