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Sedge Wren (stellaris subspecies) group
Photo © by mcdomik
Pheasant Branch Conservancy Middleton, WI, USA
Cistothorus stellaris


10-12cm (4")
Adult: Brown upperparts, light brown belly and flanks, white throat and breast. The back has pale streaks. Dark cap with pale streaks, a faint line over the eye and a short thin pale bill. Sexes alike. Very hard to see, much easier to locate by sound.
Juvenile: Similar to adults but overall warmer, more buffy with less defined facial markings and usually dark bill.


USA and Canada: Main breeding range in the U.S. from North Dakota and southern Manitoba east to southwestern Ontario and Michigan south to eastern Nebraska east to Indiana. Localized in Ohio, New York, Vermont and New Jersey. Winters in eastern Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Florida as well as in northeast Mexico.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly included Grass Wren.


Wet meadows and marsh edges.



The male builds the nest which is rounded, with a side entrance, well hidden, and attached to low vegetation. 2-8 white eggs are laid.


The diet includes insects and spiders.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

Herkert, J. R., D. E. Kroodsma, and J. P. Gibbs (2021). Sedge Wren (Cistothorus stellaris), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.sedwre1.01

  1. Jaramillo, A. (2014) Sedge Wren Shakeup!! (retrieved from http://alvarosadventures.com/sedge-wren-shakeup/ on 24 May 2018)

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