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Sedge Wren


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A small, secretive wren that breeds in short grass and sedge marshes. Perhaps because of the highly transitory nature of its nesting habitats, the Sedge Wren moves around a great deal from year to year, not staying in one place for long.

At a GlanceHelp

Both Sexes
3.9–4.7 in
10–12 cm
Other Names
  • Short-billed Marsh Wren (English)
  • Troglodyte à bec court (French)
  • Chivirín sabanero (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • The Sedge Wren is one of the most nomadic territorial birds in North America. On a given area, it may be present in numbers in one year, and be completely absent the next.
  • Many unconnected Sedge Wren populations occur throughout the Americas, from Canada to Tierra del Fuego.



  • Nests in dense tall sedges and grasses in wet meadows, hayfields, and marshes.
  • Avoids cattails.
  • Winters in grassy marshes and dry grass fields.



Insects and spiders.


Nesting Facts
Clutch Size
2–8 eggs
Egg Description
Condition at Hatching
Naked and helpless
Nest Description

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

Nest Placement



Ground Forager

Runs on ground to avoid predators. Usually flies only a short distance before diving back into grass.


status via IUCN

Least Concern

Sedge 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.


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