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marsh wren

Also called long-billed marsh wren. a North American wren, Cistothorus palustris, that inhabits tall reed beds.
Origin of marsh wren
An Americanism dating back to 1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I found the Short-billed marsh wren quite abundant, and in such localities as it is found eastward.

  • Call, chip; song, a reedy warble resembling in tone that of a Long-billed marsh wren.

  • You see, he belonged to one branch of the marsh wren family; and they all had bills like that.

    The Tale of Rusty Wren

    Arthur Scott Bailey
  • He missed the bobolink, the seaside finch, and the marsh wren, but his woods and grounds abounded in other species.

  • Darker and larger than the Short-billed marsh wren, with a blackish brown crown and white stripe over the eye.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • As well look for pond lilies on a rocky hillside as a marsh wren outside a marsh.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman

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