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Bird name:

Wren

Troglodytes troglodytes

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wrens (Troglodytidae)

BTO 2

WR

BTO 5

WREN.

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Green Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Wren is resident in much of the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It has a "Green" status because of its stable population.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Wren: Tiny, active bird with finely barred, dark brown upperparts and pale eyebrows. Light brown underparts heavily barred on flanks, belly, and undertail. Tail is short. Legs, feet and bill are brown. Only member of the wren family found outside the Americas, occuring in Europe, Asia, and Africa.


Range and Habitat

Wren: Widespread resident of the UK and Ireland. More common in western and southern Britain and Ireland. Found in many habitats, from mixed and deciduous forests to moors, gardens, and farmland. In the winter may move into reedbeds.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Jean Roche Sound

Wren 4

  • Title: Wren 4
  • Description: Typical song.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 21, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Wren 3

  • Title: Wren 3
  • Description: Typical call.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 21, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Jean Roche Similar Sounding

Tree Pipit 3

  • Title: Tree Pipit 3
  • Description: Typical song.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 21, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Voice Text

"chirrr", "tik-tik-tik", "kit-kit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Wren was first described in 1758 by Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist.
  • The scientific name is taken from the Greek word "troglodytes" (from "trogle" a hole, and "dyein" to creep), meaning "cave-dweller", and refers to its habit of disappearing into cavities or crevices while hunting spiders or to roost.
  • Per unit weight, this bird delivers its song with 10 times more power than a crowing rooster.
  • A group of wrens has many collective nouns, including a "chime", "flight", "flock", and "herd" of wrens.

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CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
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Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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