House Wren

iStockphoto

Bird Spotting: House wrens are tiny, only 4 to 5 inches in length. Plumage is brown above and whitish below. This bird has no distinctive markings, but can be identified by its penchant for cocking its tail over its back.

Habitat: House wrens can be seen in wooded areas, but as their name suggests they tend to reside near the homes of people, particularly in small towns and suburban back yards.

Nesting: The house wren finds a cavity in which to place a nest of sticks and grass. Five to eight white eggs, speckled lightly with brown, form the clutch.

Bird Bite: They may be small, but the house wren is no pushover. Extremely territorial, this bird will destroy the nests of any neighbor deemed too close for comfort.

Backyard Tip: Nesting boxes are a good way to attract house wrens.