Image courtesy Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, Florida
Copyright (c) 2007 Pete Williams
The Carolina Wren is an overall length of 4 to 5 inches. The body is long and thin with a slightly decurved bill. The upperparts are rusty in color and the throat is white with buffy underparts. The wings and tail are barred with black (the white wing bars are thin and white). The tail is long and usually held upright. The legs are pink. The sexes are usually very similar in color and markings.
This Wren is similar to the Bewick's and Marsh wrens but has buffy or rustier upperparts. The House Wren has a less distinct supercilium, less rusty upperparts and barring on the belly and undertail. The Winter Wren is smaller, darker, has a shorter tail and less distinct supercilium.