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Adults have brown upperparts with a light brown belly and flanks and a white throat and breast. The back is black with white stripes. They have a dark cap with a white line over the eyes and a short thin bill. The male's song is a loud gurgle used to declare ownership of territory; western males have a more varied repertoire. The nonbreeding marsh wrens are mostly a light brown with white on the belly and a white streak going through the eye.
marsh/wetland areas throughout much of North America.