This section is from the book "The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation", by George Abbey. Also available from Amazon: The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation.
Active, fearless, ever searching for eggs, larvae, pupae of insects, and in due season feeding its young on green caterpillars, and other soft insects, such as aphides, and never taking any food but small wild seeds, hence altogether a boon to cultivators, even of woods that receive little or no cultural attention.
Though not so frequently met with in gardens as the common wren, it is quite as fearless, and equally useful in plantations and woods as in pleasure grounds and fruit plantations in destroying the eggs, larvae, pupae, and mature insects.
This merits the highest encomiums, alike for its beauty as for its value in combating against the smaller insect enemies of trees.