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    Wrentit Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Wrentits are small birds with fairly large, round heads and short rounded wings giving them an overall plump appearance. They have long legs and long tails, which they often hold up and away from their body at different angles. Their bills are short and slightly curved.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a Bushtit, smaller than a Spotted Towhee; about the size of a Song Sparrow.

      Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 5.5-5.9 in (14-15 cm)
        • Weight: 0.5-0.6 oz (13-16 g)
        • Wingspan: 6.9-7.1 in (17.5-18 cm)

    Regional Differences

    Wrentits are darker reddish-brown with pinker bellies on the coast. They are paler and more gray in the interior parts of their range.