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Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)
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Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)

General Description: Marsh Wrens (Cistothorus palustris) are small, reddish-brown wrens with a bold eyeline, white streaks on the upper back, and a big voice. Follow the voice and hope for a glimpse of them down in the reeds.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Troglodytidae.

Favored Habitat: Ponds and marshes with cattails and bulrushes.

Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)

Where to Find: Marsh Wrens hide in the reeds, so look for them around ponds and marshes with reeds and other shoreline vegetation. Visit neighborhood ponds, parks (e.g., Floyd Lamb State Park), and the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. To find them in more natural habitat, visit the Pahranagat Valley or the Overton Wildlife Management Area.

Comments: Usually heard long before seen, listen for the long, variable series of notes that sometimes seems to go on forever from deep in the reeds.

Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) If you were a tasty bug or a little fly, this might be the last face you ever see!
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)
Marsh Wren; note white stripes (arrow) in the center of the back
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)
Marsh Wren juvenile
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)
Marsh Wren juvenile
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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