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Wren: small bird but big voice

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Wren: small bird but big voice

Continuing my look at the top twenty winter garden birds, the wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is number 16. It is a common bird in woodland but far less so in gardens although being so small they be easily over looked in winter when not singing and busily looking for food.

They are one of our smallest birds (only the goldcrest and firecrest are smaller) but it has one of the loudest voices of all our song birds! If you are familiar with its complex song full of crescendos and trills then you will often know there is a wren around long before you see it, if you see it that is! One of the features of the wren from a distance is that it frequently has its tail cocked up, sadly this one did not so I can't illustrate the point.

In spring, amongst the time spent singing its territorial song, the male wren is busy building four or five nests. He then shows his partner around them and she will choose which one, if any, she is prepared to raise her young in. If she doesn't like any of them he is out of luck as she will be off looking at another chaps efforts!

You may have heard the rhyme "The robin and the wren; God's cock and hen". Many, many years ago it was thought that the wren was actually the female robin! They like similar habitat and both sexes of the two species are virtually indistinguishable by their plumage. So if all robins look the same where are their mates? After all, in many species there are very distinctive differences between the sexes. It is easy to see how it is was thought that Jenny Wren was Robin Goodfellow's wife! 


 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
This nature nore was written ----> 2 years 8 months ago

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