19 Amaze-wing Facts About The Wrentit For Kids

Wrentit facts are this bird species whose song is a classic sound of coastal scrub and chaparral, found along the West coast.

This beautiful world holds a lot more than what is known to us. The morning walks every day in your nearby park can be therapy, seeing and hearing beautiful and calming bird calls. You can hear a lot of bird songs or bird calls while doing your everyday walk. But have you ever paid attention to the details? If you have, you would have seen the diversity that follows each detail. This article is about beautiful small preacher birds called wrentits. The wrentit (Chamaea fasciata) belongs to the group of parrotbill birds, small seed-eating passerine, native to North America from family Paradoxornithidae. These North American birds of the Pacific Coast are important pollinators and are responsible for the survival of many plant species. This passerine bird is one amongst 6,500 known species of birds of the order Passeriformes. The wrentit, with its small tail and colorful body, is scientifically known as Chamaea fasciata.

Males and females from family Paradoxornithidae sing at all hours of the day, all year long but usually hide inside shrubs or thickets. Males and females of this species mate for life and form pairs soon after these North American birds with long tails start to fledge.

Here are some of the most interesting facts about the wrentit bird species and their populations. Afterward, do check out our other articles on the American avocet and chestnut-sided warbler.


Fact File

What do they prey on?

Wasps, ants, and caterpillars

What do they eat?


Average litter size?

3-4 eggs

How much do they weigh?

0.5-0.6 oz (14-17 g)

How long are they?

5.5-5.9 in (14-15 cm)

How tall are they?

Wingspan:  6.9-7.1 in (17.5-18 cm)

What do they look like?

Grayish brown birds with white eyes and long cocked tails

Skin Type


What are their main threats?

Habitat loss and climate change

What is their conservation status?

Least Concern

Where you'll find them

Coastal regions with heavy vegetation, shrubs, and thickets


North America (Oregon to California)





Scientific Name

Chamaea fasciata





Wrentit Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a wrentit?

The wrentit is a small preacher bird with its small body, long tail, and small wingspan all covered with a dark plumage. This bird has a small tail and a short bill, well adapted to feed on insects and seeds in its habitat. With pale irises and three-toed feet arranged in an anisodactyl arrangement, these birds are one of a kind.

What class of animal does a wrentit belong to?

Wrentit birds belong to class Aves, the class of birds of phylum Chordata in kingdom Animalia. These birds more specifically belong to family Paradoxornitidae, a family of small parrotbill birds, and the order of the Passeriformes, the order of the passerine birds.

How many wrentits are there in the world?

A wrentit is native to North America, with its population distributed across the coastal areas in the North American continent. Their breeding number is currently estimated to be around 1,500,000 across various regions. Bird conservation plans and strategies are being formulated to conserve the population of these birds.

Where does a wrentit live?

These birds mostly dwell across the narrow Pacific coastal strip, near water bodies such as the ocean, in the North American continent. Their population is distributed across the Oregon and California peninsula and can be found living in the coastal shrubs located along the Pacific Coast in chaparral, oak woodlands, and bushland. They are also spotted in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

What is a wrentit's habitat?

A wrentit builds its nests in high shrubs and in the oak woodland in the areas of high vegetation, especially in poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum), California blackberry (Rubus ursinus), and Coyote bushes. These birds are sedentary in nature.  

Who do wrentits live with?

A wrentit bird may be seen in small groups of their own species or with other birds of the same size in their niche. Some may find them singing the whole day alone in a shrub. Wrentits avoid human interactions and are birds of the wild. They construct their nests in various plants like California sage, coyote bush, blackberry, and poison oak.

How long does a wrentit live?

The wrentit (Chamaea fasciata) doesn't have a very long life span range. Wrentits may live for an average of three and a half years. The oldest wrentit bird lived for around 13 years in California.

How do they reproduce?

Both male and female wrentit birds build their nests for breeding. Nests are built very neatly with spider webs, twigs, and organic remnants in a cup shape and are even decorated with lichens on the outside. After the courtship display, the female wrentit lays around three to four greenish-blue eggs that hatch after a few days. Both parents take care of the eggs during the incubation period. The hatchlings do not leave the nest for more than two weeks and are tended to by both parents during their entire stay in the nest.  

What is their conservation status?

Wrentits fall in the category of a Least Concern bird species and are found in good numbers in their coastal habitat range along the Pacific Coast. Their population is facing challenges from hunting and destruction of their natural habitat for the purpose of urbanization.

Wrentit Fun Facts

What do wrentits look like?

This small-sized passerine has a small yet strong bill that assists it in feeding. A long tail, short wings, and a pale iris are features of this bird. Its plumage is dark brown in color with the chest region having a lighter shade and tail that is darker than its body. A pair of toes is arranged in an anisodactyl arrangement for a strong grip on the branches of the tree.

Wrentit's bouncing-ball song is a classic sound of coastal scrub and chaparral.

How cute are they?

These are really cute birds. Their small size and adaptable features add to their beauty. Their pale eyes and small feet make them even more adorable to a bird watcher. Even though these birds can be heard all day long, wrentits are rarely seen away from a sage scrub or shrub located in a chaparral or scrubby area.

How do they communicate?

The wrentit has a beautiful way of communicating. They are known as the voice of the chaparral. This bird can be heard the whole day singing musical notes. These notes are recorded something like 'pee-peee-peee-peeeprprperrrr', which ends with a sort of growling. Males and females sing for various purposes such as to attract a partner for mating and communicating with other birds of the same species for foraging activity.  

How big is a wrentit?

Wrentits are small birds. An average adult wrentit range of size is 5.5-5.9 in (14-15 cm) with the wingspan in the range of 6.9-7.1 in (17.5-18 cm).

How fast can a wrentit fly?

A wrentit is a swift flyer and is capable of flying at higher altitudes, mostly for the purpose of foraging activity. Even though their speed is not exactly known because they are rarely sighted, it is for sure that they are fast flyers.

How much does a wrentit weigh?

An average adult wrentit's range of weight is around 0.5-0.6 oz (14-17 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

There are no distinct names for a male and female but they are identified by a few different physical features and behavioral patterns. In common parlance, they are known as males and females respectively.

What would you call a baby wrentit?

A baby wrentit that is still in the nest even after birth is called a nestling. When they grow old enough to leave their nests, they are referred to as fledglings.  A juvenile wrentit is fed and taken care of by the parents until they grow mature enough to leave and survive. Young wrentits stay in family flocks for about one month after fledging.

What do they eat?

A wrentit's diet consists mostly of fruits and seeds along with insects. They feed on insects such as caterpillars, beetles, leafhoppers, spiders, ants, and wasps. They also feed on seeds of the oak tree and berries during the winter season.

Are they dangerous?

This small bird species is a very innocent docile resident. They avoid human interactions and are rarely seen even though their call is heard the whole day. Unlike raptors, these passerines are not at all dangerous.

Would they make a good pet?

This bird species is a year-round resident of the wild. A wide space with a lot of fresh air and plenty of food is needed for their survival. It is illegal and not at all appropriate to domesticate these birds and keep them in captivity.

Did you know...

These birds are warblers and can fit in the palm of your hand.

Bird calls are used as therapy for various psychological issues.

Seed-feeding birds are very important for the survival of certain plant species because they act as pollinators.

What other birds do wrentits resemble?

A wrentit is the only American species of sylviid warblers. These wrentit birds have a very similar appearance to the Dartford warbler. Some other warblers include the yellow warbler, the golden-winged warbler, and the prairie warbler.

How long does the young wrentit stay in the flock?

Wrentit stays in the flocks until its fellow mates stay. As soon as other wrentits leave, they also leave at the same time.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our Florida scrub-jay facts and mourning warbler facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our Wrentit coloring pages.



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