House Wren Calls, Songs, and Sounds! (w/ audio clips)

Don’t let its plain brown appearance fool you!

house wren calls, sounds, songs

The tiny House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) can produce a LOUD and beautiful song. And just like with human accents, House Wren songs vary over their geographic range. House Wrens from the far southern parts of their range may look the same as their northern counterparts, but they have slightly different sounding songs.

Below are a few different audio examples of House Wren’s singing:

You’re most likely to hear a House Wren singing during and just after the breeding season in the spring or early summer. This time of year, males may sing 9 to 11 times per minute! Females mostly sing after they’ve paired up when answering their mate.

House Wren songs are often introduced by abrupt churrs and scolds and are rich, long, jumbled, and typically made up of 12 to 16 syllables. Females’ songs may include high-pitched squeals.

While House Wrens rarely sing after breeding season, you will still hear them!

You may hear these birds making harsh, raspy chatters, churrs, rattles, and scolds in response to your presence or that of another large animal or predator. These calls may vary widely.

Sometimes, these scolding calls may sound like singular “chek” notes.

Have you heard the calls and sounds of a House Wren before?

If so, please let us know below!

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