What Do Wrens Eat? (Favorite Foods & Diet)

Wrens are fond of eating different foods, including seeds, fruits, vegetables, insects, and many more foods. Many people have asked the question about what do wrens eat? And their favorite foods. All the questions regarding the above topic are discussed below in brief.

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What Do Wrens Eat In The Summer?

In summer, the food is available in different varieties for wrens. As they are primarily insectivorous, they can feed on insects, fruits, nuts, berries, snail shells, and seeds.

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Wrens will get a lot of benefits if they eat a variety of food. Only one type of food for them and any other bird is not good for their health, so mix fruits to give an interesting taste.


During summer, wrens most favorite food is consuming insects, but that does not mean they only rely on insects. They also obtain some nutrients from plants.

Discussing insects that wrens like to consume are mostly tiny insects like beetles, bugs, caterpillars, grasshoppers, crickets, spiders, flies, and many other insects.

Fruits, Nuts, and Berries

Wrens enjoy eating different fruits like oranges, pear, apples, plums, grapes, some nuts like peanut and berries. Wrens can swallow a whole fruit if it is very small in size. Otherwise, cut fruits in various small pieces so they will not choke while eating.

Snail shells 

Wrens will get calcium from snail shells, and it will also help wrens in maintaining their digestive system.


In summers, wrens can also eat seeds of different types like sunflower seeds and many more seeds.

What Do Wrens Eat In The Winter?

In winters, wrens might eat from plants as there is a shortage of food in that season. Wrens are basically insect-eating birds, so their first choice will be insects.

But if they cannot eat insects due to some reasons like the winter season or will get them in less amount, they have to find some substitutes for it.

So, as insects are very rare in winter, wrens like to consume preserved foods, mealworms, seeds, suet cakes, plants, and fruits.

Preserved Food Like Peanuts, Oatmeals, Etc

There is a lack of food in winters, so if they are searching for food, they will only see the food that can be preserved, like peanuts (crushed in small pieces), grated mild cheese (finely grated), oatmeal, etc.


They can also eat mealworms (fresh and dried ones). These birds rarely visit bird feeders, so most people place their food on the ground where they can easily see the food and feed on it.

Seeds & Suet cake

Along with the preserved food, wrens also like to eat seeds in winters, only when there is a food shortage. Seeds that wrens can eat peanut hearts, nutmeats, and the black sunflower seed.

These are the best seeds that are used to attract wrens. In winter, they can also eat suet cake with or without seeds. Make sure the cake is far away from large birds and squirrels as they can steal it and eat it.

Plants & Fruits

Wrens also feed on plants and fruits. They can eat almost all types of fruits. Wrens also store food for the future as in winter food shortage is a big problem.

Wrens Favorite Foods

Wrens are primarily insectivorous, which means that they are primarily insect eaters. They can also eat small invertebrates and spiders.

In summers, all types of food are available for wrens, and they enjoy different food. Along with insects, they can also eat peanuts and suet.

They can also eat mealworms, tiny pieces of suet, peanut & sunflower pieces. Wrens can also eat tadpoles and spiders.

Wrens prefer to eat on the grounds rather than in bird feeders. Wrens will dash and hop on the ground looking for their food like caterpillars, spiders, beetles, etc.


Tiny insects are most likely food for wrens as they are also small, so they enjoy eating small food. Their favorite insects are bugs, beetles, caterpillars, etc. They also like to eat crickets and grasshoppers.


Wrens also like to eat mealworms, and dried mealworms as both are available in all seasons. Mealworms are one of the most nutritious food for wrens, especially dried ones. Three more things that are also included in the wrens’ favorite food list are below.

Peanut Pieces

Peanuts are also wrens’ favorite food, but they cannot eat the whole peanut as wrens are small in size. So small peanut pieces are preferred to serve for wrens.

Suet blends

Suet blends and cakes are also liked by wrens very much. You can add seeds to it to give them a new flavor or serve them without adding seeds, and the choice is all yours.


Seeds are available in all seasons so that you can serve seeds of different types to wrens as a substitute.

What Kind of Seeds Do Wrens Eat?

Wrens can eat different seeds, but the seeds that they like the most are the black oil sunflower seed, nutmeats, and peanut hearts.

Seeds are used as an alternative in winters because, in winters, there is a shortage of food. You can serve seeds by mixing them in suet cake, and seeds will give them a unique and yummy flavor. You can serve seeds to wrens in seed feeders for wrens.

Do Wrens Eat From Bird Feeders?

Wrens like to eat from ground feeders, so they do not eat from bird feeders. You can serve all their favorite foods in ground feeders so that they can feed on them.

If you have placed food on the ground and bird feeders, wrens will only choose the food placed on the ground. Wrens are insect eater birds, so when they are flying in search of food, they will not stop seeing your bird feeders if they are full of seeds or fruits.

But if you place a lot of suet and mealworms in your backyard, they will easily get attracted to them. For serving mealworms, you can also use a bird feeder. Wrens will easily get attracted to bird feeder if it is full of mealworms.

What Do House Wrens Eat?

House wrens are very small birds, and their diet mostly consists of insects such as cricket, caterpillars, spiders, etc. Along with these insects, house wrens can also eat grasshoppers, beetles, flies, moths, and occasional snails.

In search of food, house wrens mostly visit lush garden areas as they are an excellent food source. There are a lot of insects in gardens which is very helpful for house wrens as they do not have to struggle for food.

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House wrens will eat mollusk shells only if they have to use a substitute of food. Mollusc shells are a good source of calcium which is a plus point of eating them.

What Do Baby Wrens Eat?

Like adult wrens, baby wrens also like to eat insects, included in their favorite food list. These are also known as insectivorous birds. The insects they will eat are grasshoppers, crickets, and caterpillars as they are tiny, so they only eat small insects.

If for some reason, parent wrens are not there to feed baby wrens, then you have to take care of them. You can feed them food with protein like beef baby food, puppy kibble soaked in water, any prescribed dog food for baby birds.

To make a thick liquid for baby wrens, you have to add two parts of high protein food like powdered grain meal or baby cereal in one part of the protein mentioned above.

Mixing them will make a thick liquidy paste that can be used to feed baby wrens with the help of a syringe or an eyedropper.

Do Wrens Eat Mealworms?

Wrens are insectivorous birds and are known for that. So yes, they do eat mealworms. Wrens can also eat dry mealworms if served.

Mealworms for some people are very expensive, and some people can afford them. So, for those who cannot afford to buy mealworms, dried mealworms are available in less expensive markets than fresh mealworms.

For baby wrens, it is recommended to serve mealworms soaked in water. The water that you are using for this purpose should be warm. You can serve mealworms on the ground for wrens.

There is no need to buy bird feeders for serving mealworms to wrens, and there is no need to find any perfect spot for placing mealworms. Just place mealworms on the ground where wrens can see easily, scatter mealworms, and then see the magic.


Wrens can eat various foods, as discussed above. But few things you should keep in mind before serving food to them which are discussed above. Also, the food selection is curious that you should choose only suitable foods for wrens.

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