ENDANGERED: The Sedge Wren

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Common Name: Sedge Wren
Scientific Name: Cistothorus Platensis

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Natural Habitat:
  • Nests in dense tall sedges and grasses in wet meadows, hayfields, and marshes.
  • Avoids cattails.
  • Winters in grassy marshes and dry grass fields.


  • Diet - Moths, beetles, ants, caterpillars, grasshoppers, other similar insects and spiders.
  • Size - Weight: 0.33 ounces.
    Length: 4-4.5 inches.
    Wingspan: 5-6 inches.
  • Climate requirements -Prolonged use of an area may depend on stable soil moisture regime. There is little information on minimum patch size requirement.
  • Distribution - scattered and sparse. They breed in southern New Hampshire, southern Maine, and much of Massachusetts. Sedge wrens are listed as endangered by all three states. They winter in the Atlantic coastal states from Virginia through the Gulf coast, to Mexico.
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  • Living habits - They may breed in colonies of from 5 to over 100 pairs

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