Wrens, Kinglets, and Gnatcatchers

Wrens - Family Troglodytidae

Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus. Accidental.

Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus. Breeder. Common in all seasons and regions. Found in thickets in woodlands, farmlands, and suburbs. Lowest Conservation Concern.

Bewick’s Wren Thryomanes bewickii. Historical breeder. Occasional in winter, spring, and fall in all regions. Found in farmlands, hedgerows, and thickets. No breeding season records since 1976. HIGHEST CONSERVATION CONCERN.

House Wren Troglodytes aedon. Breeder. Common in winter, spring, and fall in Gulf Coast region. In Inland Coastal Plain, fairly common in fall, uncommon in winter and spring. In Tennessee Valley and Mountain regions, fairly common in fall, uncommon in spring, and rare in winter and summer. Found in farmlands, thickets, and suburban yards with dense hedgerows. Lowest Conservation Concern.

Winter Wren Troglodytes troglodytes. Fairly common in winter, spring, and fall in Tennessee Valley and Mountain regions. In Inland Coastal Plain and Gulf Coast regions, uncommon in winter, early spring, and fall. Found among fallen trees, vine tangles, and in ravines. Low Conservation Concern.

Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis. Common in winter, spring, and fall in Gulf Coast region. In Inland Coastal Plain, fairly common in winter, spring, and fall. In Tennessee Valley and Mountain regions, uncommon in spring and fall, and rare in winter. Found in sedge marshes, grassy thickets, brush piles, and open pine savannahs. Low Conservation Concern.

Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris. Breeder. Common in all seasons in Gulf Coast region.  In Inland Coastal Plain, uncommon in winter, spring, and fall. In Tennessee Valley and Mountain regions, uncommon in spring and fall, and rare in winter. Found in marshes with cattails, cordgrass, and rushes. MODERATE CONSERVATION CONCERN.

Kinglets- Family Regulidae

Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa. Common in winter, spring, and fall in inland regions. In Gulf Coast region, fairly common in fall, and uncommon in winter and spring. Found in woodlands, especially with conifers. Lowest Conservation Concern.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula. Common in winter, spring, and fall in all regions. Found in woodlands. Lowest Conservation Concern.

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers - Family Sylviidae

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea. Breeder. Common in spring, summer, and fall, and fairly common in winter in Gulf Coast region. In other regions, common in spring, summer, and fall, and rare in winter. Found in open woodlands, forest edges, and tree-lined fence rows. Low Conservation Concern.

References Cited:

Mirarchi. Ralph E., ed. 2004. Alabama Wildlife, Volume One.  A Checklist of Vertebrates and Selected Invertebrates: Aquatic Mollusks, Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals.  The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, AL. 209 pp.

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