Typically 12.5 to 14 cm [4.9 to 5.5 in] with a 29 cm [11 in] wingspan and a weight of about 18 to 23 g [0.63 to 0.81 oz], it is a fairly large wren.
These birds prefer sites with dense undergrowth, either in mixed forests or in wooded suburban settings, in a natural or artificial cavity. The nest is a bulky, often domed structure, with a small hole towards the top. Nests of the more domestically-inclined wrens have been reported in a great variety of nooks and crannies in, about, or under buildings of various kinds, under bridges, or in holes in any structure such as a porch, fence-post, flowerpot, tree, house or barn. Almost any kind of receptacle may offer an acceptable nesting site.