Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Genus: Thryomanes
Species: Thryomanes bewickii


In 1821, J.J. Audubon collected the first official Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) specimen in Louisiana. The name “Bewick’s Wren” was chosen by Audubon after friend, British engraver and natural history author, Thomas Bewick (Kennedy and White 2013).

Bewick’s Wrens are about 13 cm long and have a mass of roughly 11g (Kennedy and White 2013). The length of the slightly down-curved bill is nearly equivalent to head diameter. Plumage is counter-shaded with a brown dorsal side and pale-gray ventral side, which gets progressively darker from the throat to the belly and flanks. Some of the gray plumage extends from the breast up to the auricular. There is a distinctive white supercilium. The long tail is barred both on top and on the undertail coverts, and is wagged incessantly. Barring is also present on the wings. Tarsi and feet are grayish in color and feet are anisodactyl.

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