The Carolina wren was designated the official state bird of South Carolina in 1948, replacing the state's original state bird (mockingbird). The Carolina wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) is found throughout South Carolina and is also featured on the South Carolina state quarter.
The Carolina wren is a small bird with conspicuous white stripes over the eyes. The back of its body is roufus-red and its tail is finely barred with black. The song of the Carolina wren is described as " tea-ket-tle, tea-ket-tle, tea-ket-tle" and can be heard year-round, day and night, in all kinds of weather.