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Scientific Name: Troglodytes troglodytes
Common Name: Wren
Troglodytes troglodytes, more commonly known as the Wren, is a tiny brown bird (6-10cm in length), although it is heavier and not as slim as the even smaller goldcrest. It is dumpy, almost rounded, with a fine bill, quite long legs and toes, very short round wings and a short, narrow tail which is sometimes cocked up vertically. For such a small bird it has a remarkably loud voice.
Wrens usually eat close to the ground, using their pointed bill to snack on insects, spiders and other small morsels. They also eat seeds, berries and even tadpoles.
It is the most common UK breeding bird, although it suffers declines during prolonged, severely cold winters. The breeding season for wrens takes place during early spring, with males establishing their territories during this time. Nests are usually built in sheltered areas, including in nest boxes.
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