By Jen Mannas, PAWS Naturalist
You may have noticed a lot more birds singing outside your windows. Spring is on its way, and many song bird species are starting to establish territories and get ready for the breeding season.
One of the little birds you may see and will definitely hear is the Pacific Wren. We are currently treating one at PAWS Wildlife Center who was the victim of a cat attack. Currently he is unable to fly, has a right wing droop and swelling and bruising on his right wing. He is currently under cage rest and being treated with antibiotics.
Hopefully his injuries heal and he will be able to be released back into the wild to sing with the rest of his kind.
But until then, let me introduce you to the Pacific Wren:
- Small song bird with a short, stubby tail and short, slender bill
- Wingspan is 4.7 to 6.3 inches and weigh 8 to 12 grams
- Prefers dense coniferous forests
- Nests in tree cavities, root bases and on branches less than six feet above the ground
- Nest is made of moss, weeds, grass, animal hair and feathers
- Clutch size is 4 to 7 eggs that are white with reddish brown dots
- Young leave the nest about 17 days after hatching
- Insectivore eating insects, insect larvae, millipedes, spiders and others
- Feeds on the ground, in low shrubs, near the bases of trees, and around fallen dead wood
- Sometimes roost communally in cold weather. In one case, 31 individuals were found together in a nest box in Western Washington.
- One of the only North American wrens associated with old-growth forests.
- Was once considered the same species as the Winter Wren but was split into a separate species in 2010 after research showed they do not interbreed.