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Bird Illustrations

Perching Birds

Wren, Watercolor Painting


marsh wren

marsh wren sketch

Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris), watercolor

About the illustration:
Commissioned by: Wisconsin Sea Grant, University of Wisconsin­Madison

About marsh wrens:
Marsh wrens eat insects, spiders, and snails. Their habitat is cattail marshes. Male marsh wrens build dummy nests in addition to nests intended for use. According to Animal Diversity Web, "When a female approaches a male's territory he flies over to her and sings. If she enters his territory the male will show her several nests he has constructed, and if she chooses to mate with the male she may line a nest with strips of grass, small stems, cattail downs, feathers and rootlets or she may build an entirely new nest (Kroodsma and Verner 1997)." They are about 5 inches in length.

Taxonomy:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata (having a spinal chord)
Class: Aves (birds)
Order: Passiformes (perching birds)
Family: Troglodytidae (wrens)
Genus: Cistothorus
Species: C. palustris

More about marsh wrens:
Wikipedia: Marsh Wren
Cornell Lab of Ornithology: All About Birds: Marsh Wren



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