Wrentit, Chamaea fasciata
The Wrentit is a small brown bird that often holds its long tail at
almost a right angle to its body in a similar fashion to a wren. The
Wrentit has a song that is familiar in any chaparral community it
sounds like a bouncing ball. The sound gets shorter and faster.
Something like this: wren—tit—tit-tit-tit-t-t-t.
Range of the Wrentit
The Wrentit is found throughout California in chaparral and brushy
areas in forests. They are absent from the open desert scrub lands.
Reproduction in the Wrentit
Wrentits mate for live (this could explain why they are always
bickering). They build their nests in dense shrubbery such as Ceanothus spp,
Diet of the Wrentit
The Wrentit is omnivorous. It feeds on insects and spiders that it
gleans from shrubbery. It also eats berries and small fruits. Including
Habitat/Plant communities used by the Wrentit
The Wrentit lives in very dense stiff brush. It is able to fly
around in this environment and still keep its feathers together.
Migration of the Wrentit
The Wrentit is found throughout California where dense foraging habitat
is available. Young Wrentits move upslope in spring.
How to attract birds like the Wrentit
to your garden
The Wrentit enjoys bird baths,
Make sure they are up high and have a bush near by for cover. Cats are
very bad for Wrentits and other native birds. They live in low areas
that are very accessible to cats.