Sedge Wren

(Cistothorus platensis)

Conservation Status
Sedge Wren
Photo by Tom Baker
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N4B, N5N - Apparently Secure Breeding, Secure Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

4 to 4½ in length

5½ wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Wet sedge meadows and grassy fields, marshes, bogs, beaver ponds

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Late April to late May and early August to mid-October

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common breeder, seldom seen migrant

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Troglodytidae (wrens)  
 

Genus

Cistothorus (marsh wrens and allies)  
       
 

The North American Sedge Wren is traditionally classified as Cistothorus platensis stellaris, a subspecies of Cistothorus platensis that includes many Central American and South American subspecies. Based on a molecular phylogenetic study published in 2014, it was suggested that the North American bird be separated into its own new species Cistothorus stellaris. Avibase, The World Bird Database, has adopted this change. The American Ornithological Society (AOS) has not. AOS bills itself as “the official source on the taxonomy of birds found in North and Middle America.” Other taxonomy sources, including NAIC and ITIS, and bird sources including Cornell Lab of Ornithology, follow the AOS in rejecting the change.

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Equatorial Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis aequatorialis)

Falklands Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis falklandicus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis alticola)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis boliviae)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis elegans)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis graberi)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis graminicola)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis hornensis)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis lucidus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis jalapensis)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis minimus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis platensis)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis polyglottus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis potosinus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis russelli)

Northern Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis stellaris)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis tamae)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis tinnulus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis tolimae)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis tucumanus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis warneri)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

Sedge Wren was formerly known as Short-billed Marsh Wren. In Europe it is known as Grass Wren.

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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About

Published on Jul 16, 2013

This wren is uncommon and local. It can be found in central and eastern North America. in grassy marshes, sedges, grassy meadows. It has a faint eyebrow stripe, a streaked crown and back. It is a tiny secretive bird which is more often heard than seen. It's song is a dry chattering "chop chop chop chop chop chopper-rrrrrr".

   
       
  Sedge Wren song
Stoil Ivanov
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on May 23, 2010

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis ) singing in Goose Lake Prairie

   
       
  Sedge Wren
Andrew Reago
 
   
 
About

Published on Aug 5, 2012

Digiscoped at Ted Shanks Conservation Area in Missouri on 8/5/2012

   
       
  Cucarachero Sabanero - Cistothorus platensis- Sedge Wren SONG - Aves Parque natural Chingaza
Colombia Wildlife - Oswaldo Cortes
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 3, 2013

Cucarachero Sabanero - Cistothorus platensis- Sedge Wren SONG - Aves Parque natural Chingaza

   
       
  Sedge Wren (Troglodytidae: Cistothorus platensis) Male Singing
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 6, 2009

"To see temporarily is sufficient; if you can see it for a fleeting second, it is enough." --Krishnamurti Photographed at East Grand Forks, Minnesota (06 July 2009).

   
       

 

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7/15/2012

Location: Edenbrook Conservation Area

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