Illustration from National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Western Winter Wren
Troglodytes troglodytes pacificus
Subspecies of Winter Wren
March 4, 1806, at Fort Clatsop, Oregon.
Stubby tail; dark barring on belly; rich buff-color on throat and breast. Length 4 in (10 cm).
A high-pitched, varied, and rapid series of musical trills and chatters; call note an explosive kit! or kit-kit!
Dense tangles and thickets in coniferous and mixed forests.
Breeds from Alaska and British Columbia east through southern Canada to Newfoundland, and south to California, northern Idaho, Great Lakes region, and southern New England; also in mountains to Georgia. Winters across much of southern United States.
This wren moves like a mouse, creeping through the low, dense tangle of branches covering the forest floor.