All About The Sleeping Location Of Carolina Wrens: Why Do They Sleep In Corners?

You may recognize the Caorlina Wren – it’s actually the official bird representing South California State. It’s a small bird but if you go near its nest, you can be sure it’ll put up quite the fight to defend its territory.

You can usually find these birds without much trouble even in urban areas, since it tends to use human created objects to create its nest, so long as the object in question will protect them better than what they find in nature.

One question that many people wonder, though, is why do these birds tend to have a habit for sleeping in corners? 

Here’s the short version. Carolina Wrens usually like to build their nests in areas that are compact and confined away. If they’re making attempts to roost or they want to rest in order to keep themselves protected, the wren will usually stick to staying in corners.

These birds can stay well camouflage if they fluff themselves up so outside threats will find it a lot harder to find them. Not only that, but it also helps to keep them warm when they are asleep at night.

These birds are pretty fascinating creatures, and while small they are also mighty! We’re going to tell you more about some cool things you have to know about Carolina wrens in this article.

Why They Sleep In Corners

When you go to sleep at night, it’s worth venturing onto your porch. Look around for a moment and you may see one of these birds getting all cozy in the corner of your porch. To keep itself warm, it’ll fluff up its features and put its head into the corner, and the remainder of its body will stick out.

You should be able to see the little white markings on the bird’s body if you look hard enough.

The reason for this is simple. These birds just like to create their nests in places that are hidden like little holes and gaps. It helps to keep them and their offspring safe from any threats.

They are generally quite hard to identify when fluffed up since their feathers basically act as a natural camouflage. They will simply end up looking like the things around them as far as colors go. Most predators won’t notice them because of this.

If it’s dark outside, a Carolina wren will simply look like a piece of debris on the ground. In fact, a lot of songbirds will roost in a similar way. When a wren sleeps in a corner, it allows them to get some sleep completely undisturbed and they are safe.

Wrens will also sometimes make their nests in small locations, nooks and crannies in order to protect themselves and their babies. You may sometimes find them resting underneath some hanging plants, in a flower pot that’s unoccupied or under tank covers.

In an ideal world these birds would find small crevices in trees to sleep in, but man made objects are generally the next best option for them. They sometimes also choose to sleep in abandoned nests of other animals like squirrel cavities or hornet nests that are unoccupied. 

Corners Keep Small Birds Safe From The Elements

That’s not the only reason that the wren will sleep in corners, of course. They also do it to protect themselves from the weather. You may be surprised to learn that the Carolina wren doesn’t respond well to cold weather conditions. They can help to shield themselves from the wind if they sleep in corners.

In addition to this, they will also protect themselves from the wind by fluffing up their feathers.

The feathers on the back of their bodies will cover the rear of the head, making it look like they have a physical blanket over them. The head is then shielded by the wings. Because of the way that the wren sleeps, it keeps itself warm even when it’s cold outside.

The position also has another goal. Because the bird looks bigger when its feathers are fluffed up like this, the bird ends up looking around double the size that it should be.

As such, if a predator or even another bird notices the wren they will end up thinking it’s much bigger and won’t want to go near it. It helps the bird to stay safe even when it can’t find a hiding place that’s good enough.

The bird also has little white spots on its body and that can make it look bigger too, and this often deters large predators.

Do  They Stay In The Same Location Every Time? 

In most cases, Carolina Wrens will settle in one specific location. They tend to choose the places that are near to feeding spots so they have an easier time accessing food sources. It’s also a way for them to show other birds that this territory belongs to them.

When it’s time for them to create a nest, a pair of wrens that are looking to mate will usually try to find a nesting spot in the same kind of location, and they will return back to the nest regularly over the following years.

In most cases birds will wake at dawn and then they will try to sleep when it gets dark outside.They don’t sleep in the same time frame as people, and they won’t sleep when you have the lights on. When they’re sleeping on places like your porch they will still stay quite alert to keep themselves safe from predators.

These birds tend to stay in the same sleeping spots all the time, but it may not always be precisely the same location each time. They tend to stay nearby to a certain place, especially if there’s a lot of food there in the morning and it is fairly safe during the evenings.

Night Habits

When the darkness hits, birds tend to try to find corners that are quite quiet and hidden away from the rest of the noise. They won’t stay in areas with lots of traffic in order to keep them safe. You may sometimes see a few of these birds sleeping in the same location for warmth and location.

Carolina wrens also choose lifelong mates, so they will sleep with their mates during the night to protect themselves. They remain close by and will fluff their feathers for warmth. They use the warmth of their mate’s body to keep them warm too. Because of this, the birds end up looking like one large bird, deterring any predators from attacking.

If you get up in the middle of the night and put the porch light on, you may end up seeing the wrens getting a little bothered. They will often try to find a new spot to sleep and roost in. You can tell if they are uncomfortable as they will make loud sounds.

These birds have to be in areas that are dark and quiet otherwise they aren’t going to sleep properly. They will respond to even tiny movements though if disturbed so that they can protect themselves from danger.

Will A Wren Fall From Its Perch?

If a bird is sleeping high up, will it fall off? The answer is no. Birds have changed a lot through history, and evolution has ensured that modern birds will stay stable while they are asleep because of the structure of their legs and bodies. In addition to this, they sleep a little lighter than most people do, allowing them to stay alert even while asleep.

So how does this work? The birds usually have patterns on their feet that are designed to keep their bodies stable even while they are asleep. Carolina Wrens have quite big bodies meaning that these feet are even more important for keeping them stable. They have a large head in comparison to their bodies, so they get balance while they sleep by hiding their heads between their wings. 

They will also have bits of padding under the feet to further ensure stability. Because of all of these things, a wren will not fall while it’s asleep, even when perched on branches or in tight corners.

Attracting Carolina Wrens To Your Garden

These are wonderful birds that will love life in your backyard so long as you take the right steps to attract them. They live happily among humans, as long as they have places where they can hide for a good night’s sleep. Human structures and inventions are usually perfect for this.

If there are any broken stumps or branches in your garden, don’t get rid of them. If the birds manage to find a small crevice where they can stay, they will mate there and develop their nest there.

You could also get a birdhouse for the job. Simply build a birdhouse that has a small hole of a guard in it so that no predators can get into it. Hang it around 6 to 10 feet off the ground if you can.

These birds also really like entry ramps and porches, so these are places where wrens may choose to stay.

Make sure that the birds have plenty of bird feed in your garden too, as this will keep them coming back.